Nine killed, 20 missing in Myanmar mine landslide

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Yangon: Nine persons were killed when a landslide occurred in a Jade mine in Myanmar on Wednesday and 20 has been reported missing. The rescue operations are going on in search of the missing persons.

The miners were looking for Jade pieces in a 300 foot excavated rubble when the incident occurred near the town of Hpakant, 350 Kilometres north of Mandalay.

Accidents frequently occur in Hpakant and the victims are often ‘handpickers’. Hpakant is the largest source of Myanmar Jade, which netted $3.4 billion in sales.

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