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162 Miners Killed In Hpakant Landslide

162 Miners Killed In Hpakant Landslide

At least 162 miners at the Hpakant jade mine in Burma’s Kachin State died after the side of a hill collapsed into a pit, creating a giant wave of water that swept them away. “When…

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Gov’t Restricts Traffic To Hpakant To Fight Virus

Gov’t Restricts Traffic To Hpakant To Fight Virus

The government introduced stricter travel measures it claims will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township. Locals are afraid of contracting the virus after many Burmese nationals returned from Thailand and…

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Kachin State Govt Invites Locals to Apply For Small-Scale Jade Mining Permits

Kachin State Govt Invites Locals to Apply For Small-Scale Jade Mining Permits

The Kachin State government moved this week to allow locals to engage in small-scale mining in Hpakant Township for what they say is the first time. As of March 3, locals can register with the…

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Unable to Return Home, Putao IDPs Say They Need Land

Unable to Return Home, Putao IDPs Say They Need Land

Kachin internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Lung Tsawt camp in northern Kachin State’s Putao have asked to be provided with a land plot to cultivate and grow their own food until they are able…

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Unregistered Homes Destroyed in Hpakant Landslide

Unregistered Homes Destroyed in Hpakant Landslide

A landslide in a jade mine in Hpakant, Kachin State on Tuesday claimed three huts built as part of an informal settlement in the area. The administrator of Maw Sizar village said that the landslide…

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Jade Picker Killed in One of First Hpakant Landslides of 2020

Jade Picker Killed in One of First Hpakant Landslides of 2020

Local authorities confirmed that a 54-year-old man was killed while picking jade during a landslide in Hpakant this week. The incident occurred at around 3:00 p.m. at the Yadanar San Shwin mining block near Nam…

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Hpakant Locals Call Annual Uru Stream Flooding a ‘Man-Made Disaster’

Hpakant Locals Call Annual Uru Stream Flooding a ‘Man-Made Disaster’

To ensure that flood damage is minimized this year in Hpakant, Kachin State, locals have demanded that the government enforce existing regulations around the annual cleaning of sediment from the Uru stream. A government-sponsored cleaning…

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Jade Market to Be Built in Hpakant

Jade Market to Be Built in Hpakant

A jade market is being built in Hpakant town in Kachin State at a cost of 6 billion kyat (more than US$4 million), the state’s ministry of natural resources said. The ministry and the Association…

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Hpakant Jade Cutting Workshop Recruits Women Recovering From Drug Addiction

Hpakant Jade Cutting Workshop Recruits Women Recovering From Drug Addiction

A small workshop has been opened in Hpakant to train women recovering from drug addiction in the skill of jade cutting. The Kachin National Development Foundation—Amyusha Zinlum Hpung in the Jinghpaw language—opened the shop at…

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Missing Kachin Farmer Found Dead

Missing Kachin Farmer Found Dead

Relatives do not rule out foul play, but police say there was no immediate evidence of violence. After being missing for more than one week, the body of a Kachin father of five was found…