The death toll from a landslide in Myanmar’s Kachin state rose to at least 104 over the weekend, the state-controlled Global New Light of Myanmar reported Monday.
The disaster happened early Saturday when soil removed from a jade mine in the country’s northernmost state collapsed, burying about 70 makeshift huts used by miners, the report said. Many people are still missing, it said.
Kachin state, which borders China, has some of the highest quality jade in the world. The industry in Myanmar was valued at up to $31 billion last year, though most of the benefits flow to military elites and businesses with links to the former junta, according to a report released earlier this year by Global Witness.