Nearly 100 bodies have been pulled from a landslide near a jade mine in Myanmar's northern Kachin State, local officials said on Sunday, and hopes are dwindling that any of an estimated 100 people missing will be found alive.
The landslide happened when a mountain of mining debris gave way in the early hours of Saturday in Hpakant, an area that produces some of the world's highest-quality jade. The mines and debris dump sites are hazardous and deadly accidents are common.
As of 4 p.m. local time (0930 GMT) on Sunday, 97 bodies had been pulled from the landslide, said Tin Swe Myint, head of the Hpakant Township Administration Department.
That number was expected to rise, but it remains unclear exactly how many people may be buried.
"We just don't know how many people exactly were buried since we don't have any data on people living there," he told Reuters by telephone.
"It was just a slum with these...workers living in makeshift tents. Nobody knows for sure how many and where they had come from."