Over 160 killed in Myanmar jade mine landslide

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The battered bodies of more than 160 jade miners were pulled from a sea of mud after a landslide in northern Myanmar on Thursday, after one of the worst-ever accidents to hit the treacherous industry.   


Scores die each year while working in the country’s lucrative but poorly regulated jade trade, which uses low-paid migrant workers to scrape out a gem highly coveted in China.   


The disaster struck after heavy rainfall pounded the open-cast mines, close to the Chinese border in Kachin state, where billions of dollars of jade is believed to be scoured each year from bare hillsides.   


A slice of mountain collapsed, sending a churning torrent of mud into an aquamarine-coloured lake of mine waste water as workers scampered uphill.   


 “There are so many people floating in the water,” said a bystander.   


Dozens “were smothered by a wave of mud”, the Myanmar Fire Services Department said in a Facebook post.   


Rescue workers, including the fire department and local police, worked throughout the day to pull bodies out of a mud lake under a continuous deluge of heavy monsoon rain.   
 “By 7:15 pm, 162 bodies were found,” said the department, adding that 54 people were injured and sent to nearby hospitals.   


Mud-slaked and bloodied bodies of miners were laid out in grim rows under tarpaulins, some missing shoes as a result of the force of the wall of mud which hit them.   
HPAKANT  AFP 
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