At least 17 feared dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide

Yangon: At least 17 people are feared dead after a landslide trapped dozens of workers inside a Myanmar jade mine, sources and local media said Tuesday.

The incident came on Monday evening near Hpakant township in northern Kachin state — the same region where a massive landslide in 2020 entombed 300 workers in the country’s worst-ever mine disaster. Pictures of the scene showed the aftermath of the landslide, with a broad swathe of brown earth and rock covering the pockmarked side of a hill. A local source said “17 bodies were found so far”, but AFP was unable to independently confirm these figures.

The source added that the mine’s owners — Yangon Technical and Trading Co., a firm linked to the country’s military which took power last year in a coup that sent the country into turmoil — had so far prevented rescue teams from entering the area. Local media and sources in the area said that 40 people were buried in the landslide, which struck around 10:30 pm (1630 GMT).