July 3, 2020 / 3:20 AM / a month ago

Death toll rises to 162 in Myanmar jade mine collapse

FILE PHOTO: Rescue workers carry a dead body following a landslide at a mining site in Hpakant, Kachin State City, Myanmar July 2, 2020, in this picture obtained from social media. MYANMAR FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT/via REUTERS/File Photo

(Reuters) - The death toll in a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar has risen to at least 162, with more feared dead, authorities said.

A heap of mining waste collapsed into a lake on Thursday and buried many workers under mud and water.

By late evening on Thursday, rescue workers had recovered 162 bodies, the fire service department said, but the search was ongoing.

Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan; Editing by Tom Hogue

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