Landslide in Myanmar mining area leaves dozens missing

Landslide at a remote jade mine in northern Myanmar
Posted at 5:51 AM, Dec 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-22 07:51:46-05

BANGKOK (AP) — Rescue officials say a landslide at a remote jade mine in northern Myanmar’s Kachin state has left at least one person dead and 70 missing and a search and rescue operation is underway.

Reports were scant from the area in Hpakant, which is the center of the world’s biggest and most lucrative jade mining industry.

It's a region where sporadic fighting has broken out between the Myanmar army and ethnic guerrilla forces.

A ceasefire in the region has been disrupted after a Feb. 1 coup ousted Aung San Suu Kyi and her elected government.