Date: February 11, 2016
TAIPEI–The government will pay NT$1 million (US$29,913) in “condolence money” to the families of each victim of a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that hit Southern Taiwan early on Feb. 6, Premier Simon Chang said on Wednesday.
The government will get the funds into people’s hands as soon as possible, Chang said after visiting Tainan, where almost all of the quake damage occurred, including 10 buildings that collapsed.
About 94 people (73 adults and 21 minors) are still believed to be trapped in the rubble of the Weiguan Jinlong apartment complex in Yongkang District, the source of almost all of the casualties resulting from the earthquake.
As of early Wednesday afternoon, 44 of the 46 confirmed deaths resulting from the earthquake occurred in the collapsed 16-story residential building, while some 216 people have been rescued.
Another 548 people were injured by the quake, according to official figures. [FULL STORY]