Over 120 Deaths as Myanmar Jade Mine Collapse Buries Miners

(TELESUR) – Workers were collecting stones when a “muddy wave” caused by heavy rain buried them.

At least 126 people have died Thursday in northern Myanmar with more feared dead after a heap of mining waste collapsed into a lake and buried dozens under mud and water.

By late Thursday afternoon, search and rescue workers had recovered 126 bodies, the country’s fire service department said in a Facebook post, but more were missing it added.

“Other bodies are in the mud,” Tar Lin Maung, an Information Ministry official, told Reuters. “The numbers are going to rise.”

In a statement posted on social media, the Armed Forces Commander-in-chief General Min Aung Hlaing, said military officers would continue the rescue efforts.

The miners were collecting stones in the jade-rich Hpakantarea of Kachin state when a “muddy wave” caused by heavy rain buried them, according to the fire service.

 

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