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Myanmar jade mine tragedy linked to political roadblocks

Man-made disaster a result of government failing to regulate gemstone mining sector

Landslides happen with grim regularity in Myanmar's jade mines, yet the latest one on July 2, which left more than 170 people dead, was particularly shocking.

With Myanmar's next general election due on Nov 8, the disaster is mirroring the malaise still afflicting the country, five years after a civilian government was swept to power.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 12, 2020, with the headline 'Myanmar jade mine tragedy linked to political roadblocks'. Print Edition | Subscribe