Date: 5 Feb, 2016
Southern Taiwan was hit was hit by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake early Saturday, with heavy damage reported. Rescue crews are trying to save people feared to be trapped inside a collapsed building in the city of Tainan.
06 February 2016
Local media said the collapsed building complex included a care center for newborns and mothers
At least 481 people have been injured in Tainan as a result of the earthquake, AP reports.
The death toll in Tainan city has risen to five, the emergency response center said.
Mainland China has offered Taiwan help in dealing with the consequences of the aftermath of the earthquake, which considers the island nation to be part of its territory, despite Taipei’s proclamation of independence.
The Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) made contact with Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) shortly after the quake, the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office said. Beijing has offered its condolences and said it will offer any assistance needed.
More than 1,500 people are involved in rescue efforts, Tainan disaster center said. [FULL STORY]