Myanmar rescuers recover third body after jade mine disaster, dozens still missing
Scores die each year working in the country’s lucrative but poorly regulated jade trade, which sees low-paid migrant workers scrape out gems highly coveted in neighbouring China.
Rescuers pulled two more bodies from the nearby lake on Thursday taking the confirmed death toll to three after one casualty was found the previous day before the operation was cut short due to fog and overnight rain.
Authorities had initially said at least 70 more were feared missing after the landslide struck early Wednesday, but later added they were still trying to confirm the number of those unaccounted for.
One of the men, a 23-year-old, came from Yinmar Pin, hundreds of kilometres away in central Myanmar, they said.
The miners at Hpakant come from across Myanmar to scratch a living picking through the piles of waste left by industrial mining firms in hopes of finding an overlooked hunk of jade.
The weather had cleared, said Ko Jack of the Myanmar Rescue Organisation, adding that six rescue teams were searching for any survivors.