Three years since the jade trade was revealed to be worth 31 billion dollars, questions still abound about what improvements have been made by Aung San Suu Kyi’s government to share these revenues.
A landslide at a jade mine in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township over the weekend has claimed at least 17 lives and injured dozens of others, with many more feared dead as search and rescue efforts continue.
A jade mine slag heap collapsed in northern Burma on Friday, killing at least 14 people, rescue officials said, the latest in a series of disasters to hit the largely unregulated gems industry.
The fatal incident occurred after a crowd of freelance miners gathered at the site entrance to protest the temporary closure of the mine by its contractors.
Sagaing MP says: “The security guards did not attempt to stop the miners from walking in, but then fired on them as soon as they had done so.”
Two jade scavengers were killed and another injured at yet another deadly landslide at Hpakant’s mines.