Dozens missing after deadly landslide in Myanmar

2015-12-26 13:57


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Hpakant - Dozens of people are missing and feared dead after a landslide struck a remote jade mining region in northern Myanmar, the second such incident in a month.

Khin Maung Myint, a local member of the opposition National League for Democracy party, says the landslide took place Friday in Kachin state's mining community of Hpakant.

He said on Saturday that according to rescuers, one body was pulled from the rubble and at least 30 people were missing.

Police said they could not yet confirm any fatalities.

Tin Tun Aung, a Hpakant township policeman, said search operations continued Saturday, but he was unaware of any confirmed deaths.

A November 21 landslide in the same region killed more than 100 people. The area is home to some of the world's highest-quality jade.

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