Southeast Asia | Final death toll 114 as rescue efforts end at quake-hit Taiwanese building

Final death toll 114 as rescue efforts end at quake-hit Taiwanese building

February 13, 2016 9:21 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From Reuters)

The death toll at a building that collapsed from a strong earthquake in southern Taiwan reached 114 as rescue efforts came to an end on Saturday, a week after the temblor hit.

A soldier stand guard in front of the collapsed 17-storey apartment building
A soldier stands guard in front of the quake-hit 17-storey apartment building in Taiwan

“The search and rescue has come to an end,” said Tainan Mayor William Lai, in remarks carried live on local television, identifying the last individual to be pulled out from the rubble as Hsieh Chen-yu, who was part of the fallen building’s management committee.

All of those believed missing in the building have now been accounted for, city officials said.

The 6.4-magnitude quake struck at dawn on Feb. 6 at the beginning of the Lunar New Year holiday, with almost all of the dead found in Tainan’s toppled Wei-guan Golden Dragon building.

Two other people died elsewhere in the city. Read More

 

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