On Thursday at least 113 people were killed in a landslide at jade mine in northern Myanmar according to government and rescue workers. The incident is the latest in a series of deadly accidents at the center of the most lucrative jade mining industry in recent years. The industry generated around $31 billion in 2014.
Khin Maung Win, the chairman of the Thingaha rescue group said the death toll had reached over 113 while the Ministry of Information said the number of the dead is 116 in a statement.
Khin Maung Myint a lawmaker from Hpakant said about 54 people were injured and sent to the hospital. Also Read– New data reveals fires in the Amazon could be as bad as last year
Global Witness a London-based environmental watchdog said the accident “is a damning indictment of the government”s failure to curb reckless and irresponsible mining practices in Kachin state’s jade mines.”
“The government should immediately suspend large-scale, illegal, and dangerous mining in Hpakant and ensure companies that engage in these practices are no longer able to operate,” it said in a statement.
Global Witness further stated how the military is still a major force in government and exercises authority in some regions.
“The multi-billion-dollar sector is dominated by powerful military-linked companies, armed groups, and cronies that have been allowed to operate without effective social and environmental controls for years,” Global Witness said.