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Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 113 people

Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 113 people
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At least another five people have been injured in Thursday s accident, said Khin Maung Win, chairman of Thingaha rescue group working at the site now.

Maung Myint, a lawmaker from Hpakant where the accident occured, said the rescue groups with which he had been in contact said 113 bodies have been recovered and 54 injured sent to hospitals.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UDPDATE. AP s previous story is below.

A landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar killed 50 people Thursday, the central government said, though a local lawmaker said the toll was nearly twice as high.

The Ministry of Information cited the local fire service when giving the death toll at the site of the landslide in Hpakant in Kachin state.

The area is 950 kilometres (600 miles) north of Myanmar s biggest city, Yangon, and is the centre of the world s biggest and most lucrative jade mining industry.

A lawmaker from Hpakant, Khin Maung Myint, said local rescue services told him 99 bodies had been recovered and 54 injured people were sent to three hospitals.
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