YANGON, Myanmar Eight bodies have been recovered following Tuesday’s landslide at the Hpakant mining region in Myanmar’s Kachin state, Xinhua news agency quoted the local Myanmar Alin as reporting Friday.

Seven bodies were claimed by their next-of-kin while the body of an unidentified person was cremated with the help of a local social charity group.

A search and rescue (SAR) team is in the midst of locating the remaining 19 people who went missing when the massive landslide struck in the vicinity of an unused jade mining site three days ago.

The landslide occurred due to the collapse of a 91.4-metre high pit wall of the mining site owned by the Ayeyar Yadanar Company in Seik Mu village in the township early Tuesday morning.

SAR operations are being mounted cautiously as excavators find it difficult to penetrate the terrain.

On July 14, a similar landslide occurred at the San-Khar and Lone-Khin villages in the region, killing at least 17 jade scavengers, with 43 others injured.

Source: NAM News Network