Death toll from Myanmar jade mine landslide rises to 113

AFP Yangon, Myanmar Jul 02, 2020, 12.07 PM(IST)

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Dozens die each year while working in the country's highly lucrative but poorly regulated jade industry, which uses low-paid migrant workers to scrape out a gem highly coveted in China

The death toll from a mud slide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar surged to over 100 Thursday, authorities said, in one of the worst accidents ever to hit the perilous industry.

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"A total of 113 bodies been found so far," Myanmar Fire Service said in a Facebook post. 

A local police officer said search and rescue efforts had been suspended due to heavy rains.