‘Very little chance of survival’ for missing miners in Myanmar
Aljazeera says Dozens of jade miners who remain missing on Thursday following a landslide in Myanmar’s Kachin State have “very little chance of survival”, according to a fire department official, as overnight rescue operations were called off with one fatality confirmed.
“It is so difficult to estimate how many were missing, but we estimate at least 50 missing and they have very little chance of survival,” said Pyae Nyein, captain of Hpakant Township’s fire department, told Reuters news agency.
A landslide of dirt and rubble ripped down the waste heap of Hpakant on Wednesday, burying workers under the debris. Hpakant is the centre of the country’s secretive jade industry, which draws poor workers from across the country in search of gems mostly for export to China.
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