At least 11 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide, many feared missing: officials

May 24, 2016 8:39 AM

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At least 11 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide, many feared missing: officials

Locals and officials are searching for bodies after a wall of unstable earth collapsed during a downpour on Monday night in Hpakant, Kachin State, the war-torn area that feeds a huge demand for the precious stone in neighbouring China.

"We have found 11 dead bodies so far. When the landslide happened, about 50 people were searching for jade," Nilar Myint, a local official from Hpakant told AFP.

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