At least 50 killed, many feared missing in jade mine landslide in Myanmar

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Bodies of at least 50 jade scavengers have been recovered while many others are still missing in a landslide in Myanmar’s Kachin state on Thursday, U Dollar, an official from the local village administration office, told Xinhua.

Caused by the monsoon rains, the landslide occurred at a jade mining site in Sate Mu village tract of Hpakant township at 08:00 a.m. local time, said a release from the Fire Services Department.

Many locals make living by jade scavenging in the region and most of the landslides are caused by the partial collapse of tailings heaps and dams.

A major fatal landslide occurred in the region in November 2015, leaving at least 116 jade scavengers dead.