54 jade miners missing in Myanmar’s northernmost state
 updatetime:2019-04-24 11:10:25   Views:0 Source:Xinhua

About 54 jade miners went missing after the collapse of a tailing pond in Myanmar's Kachin state, the Ministry of Information said Tuesday.


This aerial photo taken on April 23, 2019 shows search and rescue personnel looking for miners at a jade mine following a landslide in Hpakant, Kachin state. More than 50 people were feared dead after a landslide in northern Myanmar engulfed jade miners while they were sleeping, local police said on April 23, the latest deadly accident in a notoriously dangerous industry. [Photo: AFP/STRINGER]

The tailing pond collapsed late Monday at an unused jade mining site owned by Yunati mining company in Hmaw Won village in Hpakant mining region, the ministry said in a release.

The jade miners and 40 machinery including backhoe loaders and vehicles of Myanmar Thura Company and Shwe Nagar Koe Kaung Company were believed to be buried under mud.

Search and rescue operations are being carried by local authorities.

Mining accidents are frequent in Hpakant mining region and most of the fatalities are caused by landslides.

Many local people make their living by jade scavenging in the region.

A fatal landslide occurred in the region in November 2015, killing at least 116 jade scavengers with about 100 more missing.

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