Myanmar’s worst jade mine landslide killed more than 170 people on Thursday. At least 107 bodies were recovered and buried in mass graves
Rescue operations are still under way at the accident site in jade-rich Hpakant area of Kachin state. The mine collapsed after a wall let loose triggering a landslide.
In search of precious jadeite migrants across Myanmar travel hundreds of kilometers to help with finding pieces of jade.
Landslides are common in Myanmar. Poor implementations of regulations and safety guidelines put many poor communities at risk.
Official sale of jade in Myanmar were worth $750.04m in 2016-2017, according to data published by the government as part of an Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
But experts believe the true value of the industry, which mainly exports to China, is much larger.
Jade is prominently found in East, South and Southeast Asia. Myanmar supplies 70% of the world’s supply of high-quality jadeite. Most of the jadeite mined in Myanmar is not cut for use in Myanmar, instead being transported to other nations, primarily in Asia, for use in jewelry and other products.