27 feared dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide

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YANGON (AFP) – At least 27 people are feared dead following a landslide at a jade mine in the remote Set Mu sub-township, northern Myanmar as heavy rains hampered the search for survivors. Police said the landslide which occurred on Tuesday, buried the people, mostly from the impoverished ethnic Rawang group, looking for jade in rain. No bodies have been found yet as the Red Cross and fire brigade continued their search. Dozens of people have been killed by landslides this year in the Hpakant region of Kachin state, where a major incident in November 2015 left more than 100 dead.

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