15 feared dead in Hpakant jade mine disaster

The mudflow, which was heavy enough to carry off several trucks and backhoes, is the latest in a series of similar deadly accidents at the Hpakant Township mines

Rescue workers believe at least fifteen people were killed on Tuesday in a massive mudslide at the mines near Sha Yaw Kha village in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township, an area known for jade production. 

The township is also the site of recent clashes between the Myanmar military and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), with the latter claiming to have captured nearly a dozen army bases in Kachin State since last week. 

The mudslide occurred at around 4:30am near Sha Yaw Kha village. A hillside slag heap where mud and water had been building up gave way, causing an enormous mass of mud to flush down the slope. 

According to Ko Pwa, a rescue worker, at least 20 mine workers, truck drivers, and backhoe drivers were. . .

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