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Floods, mine collapse cause deaths in Shan State

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Several people have been killed by heavy flooding in Shan State, with at least nine corpses recovered from a gold mine in Kalaw Township which collapsed on Thursday.

According to a local police station, a heavy rainstorm hit the area on the morning of May 2 and quickly caused floods. 

Speaking to Mizzima on Friday afternoon, second police chief Kyaw Min Tun said, “We heard that a mining operation has collapsed and rescue teams have been deployed.”

A hospital official confirmed on Friday that the local hospital in Kalaw had received dead bodies and wounded miners.

“The hospital received nine corpses between 4pm and 5pm on May 2,” he said. “There are also three inpatients. Another four patients were taken to Taunggyi Hospital.

“We heard that the gold mines located between Shweminphone Village and Lepyin Village had collapsed because of the heavy floods,” he said.

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