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Death toll rises to 40 in southern Taiwan earthquake

2016/02/09 12:19:29

●Feb. 9: Earthquake death toll climbs to 41

Taipei, Feb. 9 (CNA) The number of people who died in a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck southern Taiwan early Saturday had risen to 40 as of 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to official figures.

Rescue work has continued around the clock at the site of a toppled 16-story residential building in Tainan City's Yongkang District. As of Tuesday morning, dozens of people were still believed to be trapped in the collapsed building.

The number of fatalities rose early Tuesday morning when the bodies of a woman and her son were discovered in the rubble.

Thirty-eight of those who perished in the earthquake were in the Weiguan Jinlong apartment building when it buckled, with most of it lying on the street it used to face.

The quake, centered at the Meilong district of Kaohsiung City, toppled nine buildings in Tainan and left 497 people injured, Tainan's fire department said. As of 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, 404 people had been discharged from hospitals.

(By Chang Che-fon and Y.F. Low: click here for the full coverage of the earthquke aftermath.)