Nearly 80 bodies pulled from landslide at Myanmar jade mine

November 22, 2015 6:40 AM

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Nearly 80 bodies pulled from landslide at Myanmar jade mine

YANGON Nearly 80 bodies have been pulled from a landslide near a jade mine in Myanmar's northern Kachin State and an estimated 100 people are still missing, a rescue official said on Sunday.

The landslide happened in the early hours in Hpakant, an area that produces some of the world's highest quality jade, but the mines and dump sites for debris are rife with hazards. Workers, many of them migrants from other parts of the country, toil long hours for little pay.

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