Landslide killed over hundred at Burma’s jade mine

Brang Shawng & San Lat / July 2, 2020

Bodies of Landslide victims / The Kachin Post

A landslide at the Hpakant jade mine in northern Burma have killed more than a hundred people and dozens have been still missing, marking the highest death toll at the single event in recent years.

The incident happened today’s early morning around 7 am when the heavy rain has triggered the landslide which swept through the area of former mining site of Myanmar Tagaung mining company in Gwihka area of Hpakant jade mine, according to the local witnesses.

Gwihka area administrator La Nu told The Kachin Post that the death toll could reach up to 200 and the local rescue team are searching for the more bodies. The rescuers found 125 death bodies at today’s evening so far and 54 injured persons were sent to Hpakant hospital, he mentioned.

La Nu said most of the victims are the mine-waste scavengers whom were smothered by the a wave of mud. About 300 of them are working near the incident site during that time, he added.

Another witness and landslide survivor Naw Hkawng told The Kachin Post the he would have been killed if he came a bit early to the incident site. Naw Hkawng estimated that over 200 people would be killed from this landslide.

The incident was originated from the mine-waste pile of Kyay Yadana Company, Triple One Company and Hong Pan Company.

Over 50 people were killed by the similar landslide incident last year and more than a hundred died at the single event in 2015.