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Fourteen people including a policeman were killed during a landslide in a jade mine at Hpakant in Myanmar on Sunday.

As per reports, four people remain untraceable.

Among the four who are missing, two of them are reported to be policemen who were guarding the mining site.

Apart from the fourteen bodies that were recovered, police have also been successful in rescuing two policemen who had sustained head injuries.

The injured policemen were later sent to the hospital for treatment.

Security personnel were guarding the jade mine at Hpakant to prevent illegal mining.

However, they had been harmed the most during the massive landslide as mud and earth became loose and engulfed a large part of the mine.

The Myanmar government had issued an order to stop mining activities during the monsoon season.

However, most of the mining workers still somehow find ways to carry out mining.

The workers toil hard in the jade mines and continue their mining activities mostly due to poverty.

According to a report of an NGO called Global Witness, jade trade in Myanmar was worth up to US 31 billion dollars in 2014 which equated nearly half the GDP for the whole of Myanmar at that time.

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