A police officer in Hpakant Township in Kachin state said today that 15 bodies were retrieved from the accident site near Lonekhin village but a search was ongoing for more. He said searchers were hindered by heavy rain.
Such accidents are not rare because scavenging for jade remnants is dangerous and not well regulated. The number of missing is difficult to estimate because most scavengers are unregistered migrants from other areas.
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