MANDALAY, Myanmar — At the least 54 jade miners in northern Myanmar had been believed to be lifeless on Tuesday after an enormous mound of tailings collapsed into an open-pit mine, burying employees and heavy gear, officers mentioned.
The catastrophe occurred late Monday evening within the distant Hpakant space of Kachin State, the place miners produce billions of ’ price of jade annually underneath harsh working situations.
Rescuers started trying to find survivors after daybreak on Tuesday, however officers mentioned there was little probability that anybody can be discovered alive on the mine, which is about 100 toes deep and covers about 5 acres.
Three our bodies had been recovered by late afternoon, mentioned Tin Soe, a member of Parliament who represents the realm.
“We don’t maintain out a lot hope as a result of the our bodies are buried underneath mud and it’s actually tough to retrieve them,” mentioned U Naing, a supervisor for Myanmar Thura, one of many corporations working the mine.
Landslides are widespread within the jade mining space and may declare 100 or extra lives at a time. Dozens had been swept away by a landslide in Hpakant final 12 months, and at the least 120 had been buried in 2015 after the collapse of a mound of tailings, a mudlike waste byproduct of mining.
Kachin is Myanmar’s northernmost state and borders China and India. A lot of Myanmar has been racked by combating between the army and ethnic rebels, however the profitable jade mining space has largely remained underneath authorities management.
Based on the anti-corruption group World Witness, in 2014 Myanmar’s jade enterprise was price as a lot as $31 billion, virtually half the nation’s gross home product.