UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed deep sorrow over the reported deaths of dozens of people following a major landslide in Myanmar. The Secretary-General expressed his deepest condolences to the victims ‘ families and the Myanmar people and the government.
“We expressed the United Nations’ commitment to responding to international measures to address the needs of the impacted people,” said in a statement spokesperson Stephen Dujarric. According to the news agency, officials have said that 162 bodies have been recovered so far after a landslide occurred in the Jade mine in the Pekan area of the Kachin region of northern Myanmar.
The death rate may be raised more, it was said. The search activity begins for the missing people. A rescue worker cited the news agency as saying that the mountain, which was more than 304 meters strong, fell and triggered landslides after the rains had flooded. The incident occurred at about 8 a.m. on July 2 according to the Fire Protection Department.
A local Information Ministry official, Tar Lin Maung, speculated that many bodies were still trapped in the mud. He said the number of casualties would increase. Let us know that many people have died due to landslides in these jade mines earlier. People present at the time of the accident said they saw some people on the rubble which was on the brink of collapse. On seeing this, all the debris from the hill came down after filling it.
Deadly landslides occur frequently in the Kachin State known as the Land of Jade. Several locals live in the town. Many of the landslides were attributed to partial dam failure. A large landslide in the region in November 2015 killed at least 116 people.