Myanmar rains, gold mine collapse kill at least 11 in eastern Shan state

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Heavy rains in eastern Myanmar killed at least 11 people, including several who died when a gold mine collapsed, officials said Friday.

Myanmar's national police said in a statement that the casualties occurred in two separate locations Thursday in the township of Kalaw, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of the main city, Yangon.

In one incident, eight gold mine workers were killed and seven injured when a huge tree fell on their living quarters. In another incident nearby, three other gold mine workers were killed and four went missing when part of the mine they were working in collapsed, police said.

Lawmaker Thaung Shwe put the death toll at 16 and said rescuers believed several people were still trapped inside the debris of the gold mine. He said they were trying to clear it away Friday.