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The incident occurred at 4am in the Hpakant area of Kachin State according to a civil society group and media reports. An official from Kachin Network Development Foundation said more than 80 people have been swept into a lake by mining waste.

Dashi Lawan, an official at the civil society group said: “Authorities arrived at the site around 7 am and are conducting the search. No dead bodies had yet been found.”

The Mizzima news portal and Khit Thit media also reported dozens appeared to be missing in the incident in Hpakant, which is the centre of Myanmar’s jade industry.

Last weekend, the area witnessed another landslide that claimed six lives, a report said.

Myanmar’s jade mines are notoriously dangerous.

In 2020, more than 160 people were buried alive after a wave of mud swept through a mine in Hpakant, while 54 people died in 2019 when a lake broke its banks.

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