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Hualien earthquake latest: 8 dead, 262 injured, 62 missing

2018/02/07 20:10:53

Taipei, Feb. 8 (CNA) At least eight people were killed and 262 injured in the deadly earthquake that struck Hualien County in eastern Taiwan late Tuesday, with 62 people unaccounted for as of 4 a.m. Thursday, according to the Hualien Emergency Operations Center.

Most of the damage is concentrated in four buildings in downtown Hualien, with three of the six dead all staying at the partially collapsed Yun Men Tsui Ti commercial and residential building.

One of the female victims found in Yun Men Tsui Ti and counted among the seven fatalities earlier Wednesday was resuscitated at Tzu Chi Hospital in Hualien, according to National Fire Agency Disaster Management Section Chief Lee Kuo-ling (李國齡).

The Hualien Emergency Operations Center revised the death toll downward to six at around 5:30 p.m.

Of the six deaths, 60-year-old Lin Li-chen (林麗珍) and 66-year-old Liu Tung-teng (劉東騰) died in their own residences. Tai Shih-chang (戴世璋) and two female victims, whose identities remain unknown, lived in Yun Men Tsui Ti, and Chou Chih-hsuan (周志軒) was an employee at Marshal Hotel, one of the four buildings that partially collapsed.

According to the Hualien Emergency Operations Center, Chou and his colleague, Liang Shu-wei (梁書瑋) were found taking shelter under the reception desk of the hotel.

Liang Shu-wei(middle, in black jacket)

Liang was pulled out alive from the rubble at around 3:10 p.m. after being trapped for nearly 15 hours.

Of the injured, one of the two people hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit at Tzu Chi Hospital is Chinese tourist Yu Fei (余妃), who received a head injury.

Yu's son suffered only minor scrapes, but Yu is in serious condition, according to the Straits Exchange Foundation, the semiofficial organization responsible for handling contacts with China.

There are currently 76 people listed as missing, among them 15 people from a residential building on Kuosheng 6th street and six people from another building on the same street.

Meanwhile, 39 people with household registrations in the Yun Men Tsui Ti building are unaccounted for and the remaining 16 people were staying in a backpacker's hotel on the first to third floors of the building, according to the emergency operations center.

(By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
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