Police in an area north of Myanmar said that more than 50 people are believed to have died after a mudslide at a jade mining site. Three bodies have been recovered, but 54 people remain missing. The accident happened late at night on Monday in the Hpakant area of Kachin state when a large dirt pile collapsed.
The victims worked for two mining companies. Authorities said it would be difficult to recover the bodies from under the mud. Hpakant’s fire brigade chief Aye Thein said a search started after dawn on Tuesday and rescue efforts were still ongoing. Myanmar’s Ministry of Information confirmed on Facebook that 54 workers were missing.