Not less than 162 individuals have been discovered useless after heavy rains triggered a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar, the deadliest accident that the largely unregulated trade has seen in years.
Myanmar is the world’s largest producer of jade, a valuable inexperienced gemstone mined nearly solely for export to neighboring China. The multibillion-dollar trade has been linked to a long time of corruption, poor labor circumstances and human rights abuses, based on human rights organizations.
Thursday’s landslide occurred on the Wai Khar open-pit mine in Hpakant, an space in northern Myanmar’s Kachin state recognized for its wealth of pure assets together with gems and timber. The state borders China’s Yunnan province, the place a lot of its riches are offered on the black market.
The Myanmar Fireplace Companies Division stated the mine, which is at present nonoperational, was owned by a conglomerate of 5 native firms: Yadanar Kywae; Kyuak Myat Shwe Kyi; Yadanar San Shwan; Ayeyar Yadanar; and Thit Thone Lone.