More than 50 people were feared dead after a landslide in northern Myanmar submerged jade miners while they were sleeping, the latest deadly accident in a notoriously dangerous industry, Aljazeera reports.
The accident took place near Maw Wun Kalay village in Hpakant township at about 11:30pm on Monday when a mud-filter pond, situated in an old mining site, collapsed.
Myanmar Thura Gems director Hla Soe Oo told journalists that he was on his way to the site and had no further details.
It was revealed that Hpakant area is the centre of the country’s jade mining industry and produces some of the best-quality jade in the world.
According to environmental advocacy group Global Witness, jade production in Myanmar was worth about $31bn in 2014.
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