A year on, Hualien earthquake victims still coping with disaster

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/02/06
By: Lee Shien-feng and Chung Yu-chen

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Taipei, Feb. 6 (CNA) An earthquake that struck the city of Hualien on Feb. 6, 2018, claiming the lives of 17 people and causing the partial collapse of four buildings, left many of the survivors traumatized and homeless.

A year later, some continue to struggle to rebuild their lives, waiting for more permanent housing promised by the government on which construction only recently began after a long delay.

The magnitude 6 temblor struck Hualien at 11:50 p.m., leading to the partial destruction of the Marshal Hotel (統帥飯店), the Yun Men Tsui Ti (雲門翠堤) commercial and residential complex, and the Platinum Twin Star (白金雙星大樓) and the Wu-ju-wu-shu (吾居吾宿大樓) residential buildings.

The three residential buildings that partially collapsed had a total of 195 residential units, and for some of the people that owned them, the disaster is still with them as their lives remain in limbo.    [FULL  STORY]

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