Quake death toll climbs to 14; rescue work continues in Tainan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/02/06
By: Frances Huang, Yuling Kao and Flor Wang

Taipei, Feb. 6 (CNA) Search and rescue efforts continued into 201602060036t0001the night in Tainan City, the area in southern Taiwan hardest hit Saturday by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that killed at least 14 people.

Following four briefings by the Central Emergency Operation Center, Interior Minister Chen Wei-zen (陳威仁) said the search for missing people will continue throughout the night.

As of 9 p.m., the death toll had risen to 14 after two bodies were recovered from the 16-story Weikuan Jinlong residential building that collapsed during the quake.

According to the Central Emergency Operation Center, 12 of the deaths occurred in that building and 436 people throughout southern were injured in the disaster.

The Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, one of Taiwan’s leading charity groups, has sent more than 1,000 volunteers to Tainan with blankets, scarves, bedding and hot food for survivors of the deadly earthquake that struck at 3:58 a.m. Saturday.    [FULL  STORY]

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