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Myanmar landslide: At least 27 dead, many more missing

Staff Writer |
At least 27 people are missing, most of Rawang''s ethnic groups, after a landslide in a jade mine in the northern state of Kachin, Myanmar, official sources reported.

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Local police said heavy rains during late at night were the cause of the incident and so far no deaths are reported, while rescue work by the Red Cross and firefighters continues.

Myanmar is a major producer of precious stones and the government of Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to tighten controls after a similar event killed more than 100 people in 2015 in the same state where the incident occurred on Wednesday.

On the other hand, many jade mines are owned by companies linked to leaders of the previous Myanmenan administration, ethnic groups and foreign companies where migrants from various areas of Yangon work in dangerous conditions with low wages.

A similar incident occurred on July 14 in the villages of San-Khar and Lone-Khin, Kachin State, leaving 10 people dead and 43 injured.

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