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More than 160 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide

Jul 02, 2020 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) Scores die each year while working in the country's lucrative but poorly regulated jade trade, which uses low-paid migrant workers to scrape out a gem highly coveted in China

This handout from the Myanmar Fire Services Department taken and released on July 2, 2020 shows rescuers attempting to locate survivors after a landslide at a jade mine in Hpakant, Kachin state. The bodies of at least 50 jade miners were pulled from the mud on July 2 after a landslide in northern Myanmar, fire services said, as monsoon rains worsen already deadly conditions. Handout / MYANMAR FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT / AFP

Death toll in China mining accident rises to 21

Jan 13, 2019 - 10:48 AM

(UPDATED) Rescuers find the last 2 remaining trapped miners dead inside the coal mine

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2 Benguet pocket miners die by gas poisoning

Aug 01, 2017 - 11:02 AM

Two miners die after inhaling poisonous gas while inside a pocket mine in Itogon Benguet

Iran mine accident search ends with 43 dead

May 09, 2017 - 5:12 PM

The mine will shut for 6 months while an investigation is carried out

ACCIDENT SITE. In this file photo, coal miners and rescue workers gather at the scene following an explosion in a coal mine in Azadshahr, in northern Iran, leaving dozens of miners trapped on May 3, 2017. File photo by Mostafa Hassanzadeh/Tasnim News/AFP

Hopes fade for Iran miners after 22 die in failed rescue bid

May 04, 2017 - 1:43 PM

UPDATED The rescue operation at the Zemestan Yort mine is hampered by poisonous gases that filled the tunnels as well as by fears of a further collapse

ACCIDENT SITE. Coal miners and rescue workers gather at the scene following an explosion in a coal mine in Azadshahr, in northern Iran, leaving dozens of miners trapped on May 3, 2017. Mostafa Hassanzadeh/Tasnim News/AFP

India mine collapse toll rises to 17 as rescue effort continues

Jan 01, 2017 - 10:46 PM

Jharkhand is one of India s richest mineral zones and also among the country s poorest areas

COLLAPSED. People gather near the site of a coal mine collapse near Lalmatia in Godda district, in eastern Jharkhand state on December 30, 2016. At least five workers were killed and scores more feared trapped on December 30 after a massive mound of earth caved in at a coal mine in eastern India. AFP Photo

4 private miners killed in Benguet in past week

Nov 25, 2016 - 9:49 PM

One dies from being buried alive inside the mine while 3 die from gas poisoning in a separate incident

11 Indonesians feared dead in gold mine accident

Oct 26, 2016 - 7:47 PM

The men were in a narrow 50 meter 160 feet deep shaft on Sumatra island on Monday when heavy rain sent water and earth surging into the mine

3 dead, 5 missing in Compostela Valley mine accident

Feb 29, 2016 - 6:07 PM

UPDATED A mining tunnel becomes flooded in Monkayo Compostela Valley leaving miners trapped

Death toll in Russia mine accident rises to 36

Feb 28, 2016 - 6:04 PM

The pit is located in the city of Vorkuta in the Komi region which used to host one of the most feared Soviet era Gulag labor camps

Rescuers say 'no contact' with 26 missing Russian miners

Feb 26, 2016 - 10:01 PM

The emergencies ministry confirmed that officials had so far been unable to get in touch with the missing workers in the mine located above the Arctic Circle

Indonesian miner trapped for a week rescued

Feb 16, 2016 - 2:05 PM

Pak Mursalim Sahman had been stuck 300 meters 1 000 feet below the surface since the incident at Gosowong Gold Mine on Halmahera Island operated by a Newcrest subsidiary on February 9

10 Christmas stories around the world you (also) probably missed

Dec 29, 2015 - 1:28 PM

Last minute preps for Christmas made me miss the news I read back on people stories that happened during the holidays and came up with this list

New landslide sweeps through Myanmar jade mine

Dec 26, 2015 - 1:28 PM

It is the same area hit by a massive landslide last month that killed more than 100

Grim search for bodies after Myanmar mine disaster

Nov 24, 2015 - 3:48 PM

Recovery teams including the army police and local community organizations have pulled 113 bodies from the rubble

People search for the miners killed by landslide at Hpa Kant jade mining area, Kachin State, northern Myanmar, November 22, 2015. Zaw Moe Htet/EPA

Hopes fade as Myanmar mine landslide toll tops 100

Nov 23, 2015 - 8:46 PM

Authorities in the remote town of Hpakant have pulled scores of bodies from the earth since a huge mountain of debris collapsed onto dozens of flimsy shacks early Saturday

A handout picture provided by MWD daily news release on November 23, 2015 shows soldiers and rescue workers carry the body of the miner killed by landslide at Hpa Kant jade mining area, Kachin State, northern Myanmar, November 22, 2015. EPA/MWD DAILY NEWS HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Coal mine fire in northeast China kills 21

Nov 21, 2015 - 1:21 PM

China – the world s largest producer of coal – is grappling to improve standards in the poorly regulated sector

Antique wants Semirara mines closed after accident

Jul 20, 2015 - 10:46 PM

The provincial government wants work at the mining site suspended beyond the two week period set by the energy department for its investigation

DOE, PNP start probe on Semirara tragedy

Jul 19, 2015 - 4:27 PM

The DOE sends its personnel to Semirara Island and begins exploring the Panian open pit coal mine of Semirara Mining and Power Corp SMPC where the incident happened

3 dead, 6 missing in Semirara mining accident

Jul 17, 2015 - 11:05 AM

2nd UPDATE The Department of Energy has ordered the immediate suspension of mining operations

Two dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide

Jan 08, 2015 - 12:49 PM

An unknown number of miners are missing after heavy rain triggered a landslide in Hpakant town in Kachin state on Tuesday

Illegal gold mine collapse kills 18 in Indonesia

Oct 05, 2014 - 6:47 PM

Illegal gold mining has boomed in Indonesia due to the surge of precious metal prices and deaths are common

Mine collapse kills 27 in north Afghanistan – officials

Sep 15, 2013 - 2:50 PM

Emergency teams rushed to the scene after the mine collapsed in a remote area of Samangan province on Saturday and bodies were being brought out of the accident site

Death of Philex employee in mine shaft still a puzzle

Jul 23, 2013 - 10:05 PM

The mining company is awaiting results of an investigation into the death of Rodolfo Bayaoa Corsino 49 a member of its logistics crew in Itogon Benguet

MINE SPILL. A Philex Mining staff checks the penstock at the tailing pond of the Padcal mine in Benguet. Photo provided by Philex