13 killed in Myanmar jade mine landslide

Vastavam web: At least 13 jade mine workers and security guards in northern Myanmar were killed in a landslide Sunday, authorities said, as rescuers frantically searched for more victims. Dozens die each year in landslides caused by jade mining, a dangerous and poorly regulated industry in Kachin state between the country’s borders with China and India.

Myanmar’s fire services department said in a Facebook post the accident happened in the early morning in Hpakant township. Though new regulations suspend mining during the wet season peak from July through September, some workers stay on site. Heavy rains pounded the area over the last week, according to the officer, who said the search for those missing is ongoing. The deadly landslide is the latest to hit Hpakant, the epicentre of a multibillion jade trade fueled by insatiable demand in China.