Reuters reports a large refuse pile collapsed late Monday night at a mine in Myanmar resulting in fears more than 50 people have may been killed, a member of parliament and a rescue worker said.
Thus far, reports say, three bodies have been pulled from the debris, Tin Soe, a lawmaker representing the jade-rich Hpakant area of Kachin state in the country’s north, said Tuesday.
Because mines in Hpakant are poorly regulated, Reuters reported, deadly landslides and other accidents are common.
Reports said a total of 54 workers for two mining companies, along with 40 machines and vehicles – including backhoes and trucks – were trapped in the rubble.
Soe was pessimistic there would be any survivors, the report said.
"They won’t survive. It is not possible because they are buried under mud,” Soe told Reuters by phone. “It is very difficult to retrieve the bodies.”
Aye Thein, Hpakant’s fire brigade chief, said a search was begun after dawn Tuesday and rescue efforts were ongoing, the report said.
Myanmar’s Ministry of Information confirmed on Facebook 54 workers were missing, Reuters reported. It identified the companies involved as Shwe Nagar Koe Kaung and Myanmar Thura.