16 June 2014
Last updated at 05:02
Relatives said they had turned to the gods because they had nothing else to rely on
Relatives of the those who went missing on Malaysia flight MH370 have marked 100 days since the plane vanished.
Chinese families said they would pray for the return of their loved ones, adding that they just wanted to know the truth of how the jet disappeared.
The authorities promised to carry on searching for the plane.
Crews have been scouring vast areas of ocean since the jet vanished on 8 March en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. So far, no trace has been found.
They believe the jet ended its journey in the Indian Ocean, hundreds of miles north-west of the Australian city of Perth.
A total of 239 passengers were on board, most of them Chinese.
Well-wishers gathered at a Buddhist temple in Beijing
In Malaysia, children have been writing messages of hope on a wall
Relatives of the missing gathered in Beijing on Sunday to pray for their loved ones.
Dai Shuqin, whose sister was on board the plane, said she had turned to the gods because she did not know what else to do.
“We still have not seen our family members, we are not sure about the information and have no idea what to do,” she said.
“So we have to pray to Buddha, pray to the Goddess of Mercy for blessings. We have to place our hopes on this and pray for the heavens to help us.”
Malaysian Airlines’ officials said it had been the longest 100 days in the company’s history.
“We miss our colleagues and friends on board MH370 and we continue to hope and seek answers that will bring us closer to finding out what happened to MH370,” said company chief Ahmad Jauhari.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was among the other officials expressing sympathy with the families on Sunday.
He tweeted: “On this hundredth day since MH370 went missing, remembering those on board and their families. Malaysia remains committed to the search effort.”
The depth numbers in the map are estimates, with 95% of the view built from satellite altimetry data