Battered bodies of more than 160 jade miners were pulled from a sea of mud after a landslide in northern Myanmar on July 2. This is one of the worst-ever accidents to hit the treacherous industry. Scores die each year while working in the lucrative but poorly regulated jade trade, which uses low-paid migrant workers to scrape out a gem highly coveted in China. Disaster struck after heavy rainfall pounded the open-cast mines, close to the Chinese border in Kachin state, where billions of dollars of jade is believed to be scoured each year from bare hillsides. A slice of mountain collapsed, sending a churning torrent of mud into an aquamarine-coloured lake of mine waste water as workers scampered uphill. Dozens "were smothered by a wave of mud", the Myanmar Fire Services Department said in a Facebook post. Rescue workers, including the fire department & local police, worked throughout the day to pull bodies out of a mud lake under a continuous deluge of heavy monsoon rain.