Thursday 12 December 2019

116 bodies recovered after Taiwan earthquake

A memorial for the victims of the collapsed building complex in Tainan (AP)
A memorial for the victims of the collapsed building complex in Tainan (AP)

Workers have pulled 114 bodies from the rubble of a high-rise apartment building that collapsed in an earthquake in Taiwan's oldest city a week ago, leaving one missing, authorities said.

Two other bodies were recovered away from the collapsed building in Tainan after the magnitude-6.4 quake struck the city on February 6.

A total of 327 people survived in the 17-storey Weiguan Golden Dragon complex.

Taiwan's Interior Ministry said workers had extracted more than 60 bodies on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, while one person is still unaccounted for.

Authorities detained the building's developer Lin Ming-hui and two architects this week on suspicion of negligent homicide amid accusations his firm cut corners in the construction.

Tainan city officials said they will inspect several dozen other developments built by Lin, as well as other buildings in the Weiguan compound that did not collapse.

Earthquakes frequently strike Taiwan, but usually cause little or no damage, particularly since more stringent building regulations were introduced following a magnitude-7.6 quake in 1999 that killed more than 2,300.

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