Four bodies recovered in landslide search

Four bodies were recovered in the search following a landslide at a jade mine in Kachin State as of yesterday evening, according to Than Shwe, a local village leader.

“We can confirm that we found four dead bodies following the incident. Two of the deceased are from Sittwe, one was from Kyauktaw and one from Twente. No one has reported missing people yet. The women working in the jade extracting areas were hawkers. When the incident occurred, about 20 people were working in those areas. We have already informed the respective townships to report missing people," he said.

"The dug land-pile was 1200 feet long, 30 feet wide and 500 feet high, and it was still soft at the bottom. It broke down due to wet weather," he said.

The victims were 20-year old Nay Lin (male), 23-year old Myo Naing (male), 21-year old Kyi Pyar (female) and 35-year old Sein Htay (female).

Those who escaped from the incident claimed that there could be more bodies trapped underground because the landslide area was large. According to reports of the Phakant Police Station, total of 23 landslide cases were recorded in the area in 2013,19 of which occurred from January to August of last year, resulting in 33 total deaths.

The main causes of landslides in Kachin State are triggers by experienced workers, many of whom are immigrants, and bad weather.