A total of 126 people have now been confirmed dead and 23 more injured following a landslide at a jade mine in Myanmar on 2 July 2020. The incident happened at a mine in the town of Hpakant in Kachin State in the north of the country, where people searching for chunks of jade on the spoil heap of a large commercial mine were caught in a landslide believed to have been triggered by heavy rains associated with the onset of the monsoon season.
The approximate location of the town of Hpakant. Google Maps.
Diagrammatic representation of wind and rainfall patterns in a tropical monsoon climate. Geosciences/University of Arizona.
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