120 people killed, many missing following Jade mine's collapse in Myanmar
Scores die each year while working in the country's lucrative but poorly regulated jade industry, which uses low-paid migrant workers to scrape out a gem highly coveted in China.
The 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.
Scores "were smothered by a wave of mud," the Myanmar Fire Services Department said in a Facebook post.
Working throughout the day to pull bodies out, "the total death toll so far is 126," it said.
"Search and rescue process is still ongoing." ■