A landslide at a Myanmar jade mine has killed at least 18 people including a policeman, authorities said. The rescuers searched for more victims.
The jade hub of Hpakant, in Kachin State in the north of the north of the country, is frequently hit by deadly accidents, despite government pledges to clean up the lucrative mining industry.
According to the police chief in the area, 14 bodies had been recovered following the accident. Four people – two of them policemen who were guarding the mining site – were missing and feared dead.
The government has ordered all mining activity in Hpakant to cease during Myanmar’s May-October monsoon season, but people in the area say scavengers still scour tailing piles for jade.