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Jade Mine Landslide Kills 6, Injures 4

21 March 2014

A landslide at a jade mine in Kachin State left six people dead and four others injured earlier this week, reports DVB. Local sources said that the incident occurred in Nat Maw, a village tract in Hpakant Township, while miners were digging at an unauthorized mining site. Landslides are common in the area due to unregulated use of explosives, while lax safety standards regularly result in mining-related casualties, local miners say. Around 50 companies are licensed to mine for jade in Hpakant, which is one of the world’s leading sources of the precious stone, but there are also many other small-scale operators active in the area.