Searchers look for Myanmar landslide bodies

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The search for some 100 people missing after a landslide in Myanmar becomes a hunt for bodies with no hope of finding survivors. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Searchers look for Myanmar landslide bodies


The search for bodies, involving a team of about 300 volunteers, continued on Tuesday (November 24), days after a landslide buried an encampment near a jade mine in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State and killed over 100 people.

Officials said it was still unclear how many people were living in the area, and hopes had faded that any of the estimated 100 people still missing will be found alive

The landslide happened when a mountain of mining debris gave way in the early hours of Saturday (November 21) in Hpakant, an area that produces some of the world’s highest-quality jade.

The mines and debris dump sites are hazardous and deadly accidents are common.

Heavy equipment has been brought in to assist the search.

Workers had recovered 113 bodies when the search was suspended on Monday (November 23) evening, a local police officer told Reuters.

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), which won a national election earlier this month, pledged in its manifesto to bring transparency to the mining industry and make it safe.

The NLD has made no official comment on the disaster.

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