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Taiwan rescuers search building for seven missing in natural disaster

Taiwan quake death toll rises to 10 Rescuers comb Taiwan quake rubble for remaining 7 missing
| 10 February, 2018, 09:47

"I grabbed my wife and children and we ran out and tried to rescue people", he said.

The others missing in the hotel are five members of a family from China, including parents, grandparents and their 12-year-old son.

Three Taiwanese died elsewhere in the city, including an employee of the Marshal Hotel who was killed when the bottom level of the 11-story building caved in.

"The rescue mission was difficult as the space is narrow but rescuers continued to work hard and finally found the couple", a government statement said.

The hotel, located on the lower floors of the 12-storey Yunmen Tsuiti building, had nearly entirely collapsed.

Hopes of finding additional survivors from this week's natural disaster in Taiwan were fading Friday after two more bodies were found in a partially collapsed hotel and no signs detected of a missing family of five.

Chen Deming, president of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, said the mainland is willing to assist with the quake relief, including sending rescue teams to the island.


Rescuers focused on the Yunmen Tsuiti residential building that was tilted at a almost 45-degree angle, erecting long steel beams to prevent it from collapsing.

Taiwanese broadcasters said earlier indications that signs of life had been detected turned out to be false.

The magnitude-6.4 quake occurred near the city of Hualien, destroying a hotel and other buildings.

National Fire Agency search-and-rescue team leader Liang Kuo-wei told Agence France-Presse it took 12 hours to break through to the second-floor hotel room where the couple were staying. "It was only when I was alone that the emotions came", Hsu Pao-yu said as she struggled to hold back tears.

Six tourists from the mainland have been sent to a hospital in Hualien.

The government said 16 foreigners sought medical treatment for minor injuries. Five people involved in constructing the complex were found guilty of negligence and given prison sentences.

A magnitude 7.6 quake in central Taiwan killed more than 2,300 people in 1999. Rescue work has been hampered by more than 220 aftershocks following the main quake, including a 5.7 quake late on Wednesday.

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