Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 113 people

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Officials in Myanmar say a landslide at a jade mine in the country’s north has killed at least 113 people. Thursday’s landslide took place in Kachin state. The area is 600 miles north of Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon, and is the center of the world’s biggest and most lucrative jade mining industry. The death toll of 113 equals the number in the worst such jade mining accident, in November 2015. The victims are usually freelance miners who settle near giant mounds of discarded earth that has been mined in bulk by heavy machinery in order to scavenge for small bits of jade.