Taiwan quake: More people pulled out alive, over 100 still trapped in rubble

(From Reuters)

Rescuers in Taiwan pulled more people alive from a collapsed apartment tower on Saturday, a day after a strong earthquake shook the island, and kept searching for about 120 people still believed trapped in the ruins of the building.

A child being rescued from an apartment building that collapsed during an earthquake in Tainan Sunday

A child being rescued from an apartment building that collapsed during an earthquake in Tainan Sunday

Those found alive include a 20-year-old identified by Taiwan media as Huang Kuang-wei and another man in his 20s surnamed Kuo, who was able to walk out from the rubble, supported by rescuers. Both were sent to hospital.

Firefighters, police, soldiers and volunteers combed through the ruins, some using their hands, watched anxiously by dozens of the victims’ family members who wore thick jackets, woolen hats and scarves on a chilly morning.

“She’s not answering my phone calls … I am trying to hold my emotions and stay strong. I’ll do that until I find her,” said a woman surnamed Chang, 42, waiting to hear from her 24-year-old daughter who lived on the fifth floor of the complex.

“Nothing matters but to get her out. The lady living across the hallway was rescued yesterday  (Saturday). I know they will find her, but I have also planned for the worst. It’s been more than 20 hours now.” Read More



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