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Chinese family of five missing in Hualien quake

2018/02/08 16:48:59

Taipei, Feb. 8 (CNA) A Chinese family of five remains unaccounted for in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Hualien County in eastern Taiwan late Tuesday.

The Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) reported at noon Thursday that four Chinese nationals have died and five are still unaccounted for after the earthquake.

The family, spanning three generations, was staying in Room 203 of the Beauty Inn, which is part of the partially collapsed Yun Men Tsui Ti commercial and residential complex in downtown Hualien, according to a well-informed source who spoke on conditions of anonymity.

The five are grandparents Ding Wenchang (丁文昌) and He Fenghua (何鳳華), ages 76 and 75, respectively, parents Yang Jie (楊捷) and Ding Shouhui (丁守慧), ages 39 and 40, and 12-year old son Yang Haoran (楊浩然), the source said.

SEF, the semi-official body that handles cross-strait affairs, identified the four deceased Chinese nationals as 40-year-old Yu Fei (余妃), 47-year-old Yang Lirong (楊麗蓉), 19-year-old Li Yangqi (李楊琦) and 50-year-old Wei Jia (韋嘉).

They were also staying at the Beauty Inn.

A Chinese couple, Song Jiaxiang (宋佳祥) and Liu Lu (劉璐), who sustained minor injuries in the earthquake, have already returned to China after being treated at a local hospital, the SEF said.

Currently, eight people remain unaccounted for, all believed to have lived in or been staying at the Yun Men Tsui Ti building, including the aforementioned family of five, while 9 people have died and 270 been injured, according to the latest figures from the Hualien Emergency Operations Center.

(By Miao Zong-han and Kuan-lin Liu)