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Sunday, 22 November 2015 - 8:10
Landslide kills dozens at Myanmar jade mine
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In northern Myanmar, dozens of people have been killed by a landslide of waste material from gold and jade mines.

A 300m pile of waste rock known as a spoil tip collapsed yesterday in Hpakant township in Kachin state, 350km north of Mandalay.

A local official said 75 bodies have been recovered so far and rescuers are trying to find 100 missing people. About 50 houses were destroyed.

Landslides are common in Hpakant, where as much as 90 percent of the world's jade is mined.

Earlier this year at least a dozen people were killed in a landslide near jade mines in the same area.

Jade mining companies connected to the army in Myanmar may have carried out "the biggest natural resources heist in modern history", according to the transparency campaigner Global Witness.
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