The death toll in the Myanmar jade mine landslide has gone up to over 200 people.
They were feared buried in watery mud that swept through an open pit mining site in northern Myanmar on Thursday.
It is by far the worst tragedy that happened in the area since 2015.
Rescuers said at least 125 people have been recovered from Wai Khar village mining site in Hpakant township in Kachin State hours after the incident happened at about 8 am on Thursday.
More than 80 other people were reported missing in the incident, according to an officer of the fire services department involved in the rescue operations.
Residents said it was the fifth landslide to occur in the accident-prone mining site, where enforcement of mining laws is almost non-existent.
The landslide was apparently triggered by overnight rain in the area, they added.
The area where the landslide took place is a site operated by Myanmar Tagaung Co.
The site, which is now a gigantic open pit, used to be a mountain about 20 years ago.
The mining companies have been digging for over 10 years, so the walls collapse easily during the rainy season.
Members of the fire services department and Red Cross are involved in the rescue operation.
Hpakant, 950 kilometres north of Yangon, is the centre of the world’s biggest and most lucrative jade mining industry.