Date: February 6, 2016
Rescue efforts in southern Taiwan have shifted into high gear following a
magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck 3:57 a.m., Feb. 6, in Meinong District of Kaohsiung City.
A special Central Emergency Operation Center overseen by ROC Minister of the Interior Chen Wei-zen was activated shortly after the temblor. President Ma Ying-jeou and Premier Chang San-cheng visited the CEOC later in the morning en route to Yongkang District of Tainan City to assess the situation.
Ma said the central and local governments are leaving no stone unturned in rescuing survivors, and units from the ROC armed forces are assisting with operations.
According to Chang, a top priority is finding housing for those affected by the disaster. Arrangements are being made with local hotels for temporary accommodation, while the Ministry of National Defense will set up shelters at military bases, he said. [FULL STORY]