6 killed in jade mine landslide

The aftermath of a landslide in Kachin State on Jan. 4, 2018, which killed six people. Photo: MOI

Six people were killed and one was injured by a landslide near a jade mine in Hpakant Township, Kachin State, yesterday, state media have reported.

The landslide was caused by the collapse of a 45.7-meter-high mound of discarded stone, which was formed by the work of the Nine Dragons mining company. It struck at 3:30pm yesterday and covered its victims.

Five of the six deceased were in their 20s, and one was 45 years old. The injured victim is also 45 years old and is receiving treatment at the Hpakant hospital.

People are killed by landslides every year as a result of poor safety and environmental regulations in Myanmar’s shadowy multi-billion-dollar jade industry. A landslide in Nov. 2015 killed over 100 people.

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