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Death toll from jade mine landslide reaches 166 in Myanmar's northernmost state

Xinhua | Updated: 2020-07-03 15:19

Cellphone photo taken on July 2, 2020 shows rescuers carrying the body of a victim after the landslides at a jade mining site in Hpakant, Kachin State, Myanmar. [Photo/Xinhua]

YANGON - More bodies were recovered from the jade mine landslide in Myanmar's Kachin state on Friday morning, bringing the death toll to 166, according to the latest figures released by the Fire Services Department.

"Search and rescue operations were resumed this morning and four more bodies were just recovered," said an official from Hpakant township fire force who is at the scene.

The incident has also left 54 people injured who have been brought to the township hospitals for treatment, the department's release said.

Triggered by the monsoon rains, the landslide occurred at a jade mining site in Sate Mu village tract of Hpakant township at 08:00 a.m. local time on Thursday.

According to a recent release from the Military True News Information Team, a 304.8-meter high cliff wall collapsed into a tailings pond at a suspended mining site.

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