12:02 GMT14 August 2020
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    According to the fire service department, the miners were collecting stones in a jade-rich area of Kachin, Myanmar's northernmost state, when the landslide buried them.

    Over 100 people died on Thursday after a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar, local authorities announced.

    A total of 113 bodies have been found so far”, the Myanmar Fire Services Department said in a Facebook post. "The jade miners were smothered by a wave of mud. A search and rescue process is still ongoing", the Myanmar Fire Services Department said when earlier announcing that the bodies of at least 50 jade miners had been recovered from the mud.

    According to the local authorities, the tragedy was caused by heavy rain that had recently hit the area.

    ​The exact number of casualties is yet to be announced.

    The region has been the centre of the global jade industry for centuries and is the source of around 70% of the world's supply of high-quality jadeite.

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