Sunday, November 22, 2015

Death toll with dump soil landslide in Myanmar northernmost state rises to 30

At least 30 dead bodies have so far been uncovered and over hundred others went missing after a giant amount of dump soil from a jade mine in Hpa-kant, Myanmar's northernmost Kachin state, collapsed, official report confirmed.

Just five huts escaped the landslide and 100 more deaths were feared at loose soil collapse, according to the authorities.

The landslide, which occurred at 3:30 a.m. local time (2100 GMT Friday), buried about 80 households in Sankhatku village in Hpakant town when local miners were sleeping near the dump soil.

Rescue work was underway by local authorities in the landslide- hit area.

Migrant small-scale miners were searching for jade in piles of waster soil on the mountainside, the report added.

Residents said similar incidents took place for at least five times in Hpa-kant this year.


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  1. Authorities said 94 bodies have been retrieved two days after a massive volume of dump soil from a jade mine collapsed in Kachin state....

    The incident, which took place on Friday morning, buried 80 families in the village of Sankhatku in Hpakant town while the local miners were sleeping close to the dump soil.

    Preliminary reports said about 30 people were killed and more than 100 others went missing after the landslide. The reports added that migrant miners from five companies were scouring the area for jade in heaps of waste soil on the mountainside. Residents said five similar tragedies have occurred in the same area this year.


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