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More than 100 missing after mine collapsed in Burma

  • The excavation, located in the north of the country, suffered a landslide

More than 100 people are missing after the collapse of a jade mine in northern Burma ( Myanmar), local media reported on Wednesday. The landslide occurred during the early morning in Hpakant, in Kachin state, and could have washed away more than a hundred people, according to the newspaper The Irrawaddy. Last weekend there was another similar accident that left six dead in the same mining complex, the largest in the world dedicated to jade, reported the local portal Mizzima.

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    These types of events are frequent in Hpakant, where miners work in extremely precarious. In July 2020 an avalanche buried more than 160 miners while they were extracting the coveted jade from the excavated slopes in the middle of a torrential rain, and a year earlier at least 54 people were killed by a landslide at another point in the mining complex, located about 800 kilometers north of the capital, Naipyidó.

    Jade mines, to which the foreign press is prohibited, have become a magnet for thousands of impoverished Burmese from all over the country, but in most cases the benefits are low and the risks are high . Burma is the world's largest producer of jadeite, a prized variety of jade that is mined mainly in the Kachin Mountains and is especially coveted in neighboring China, where most exports go.

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