(TELESUR) – Workers were collecting stones when a “muddy wave” caused by heavy rain buried them.
By late Thursday afternoon, search and rescue workers had recovered 126 bodies, the country’s fire service department said in a Facebook post, but more were missing it added.
“Other bodies are in the mud,” Tar Lin Maung, an Information Ministry official, told Reuters. “The numbers are going to rise.”
In a statement posted on social media, the Armed Forces Commander-in-chief General Min Aung Hlaing, said military officers would continue the rescue efforts.
The miners were collecting stones in the jade-rich Hpakantarea of Kachin state when a “muddy wave” caused by heavy rain buried them, according to the fire service.