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Heavy machinery to be deployed at quake sites: Hualien County head

2018/02/08 22:47:02

Taipei, Feb. 8 (CNA) Heavy machinery and equipment will be deployed at three sites to clear rubble in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Hualien County in eastern Taiwan late Tuesday, Hualien County Magistrate Fu Kun-chi (傅崐萁) said Thursday.

Work is expected to commence at 6 a.m. Friday, at the Marshal Hotel and two other residential buildings, where it has been confirmed there are no more survivors, Fu said.

The manual search for survivors at the three sites is expected to end late Thursday evening, he added.

However, seven people from the Yun Men Tsui Ti building remain unaccounted for, Fu said, adding that prosecutors from Hualien District Prosecutors Office and other experts will have to further inspect the site and assess the situation before excavators can be used.

All seven of the missing were guests at the Beauty Inn, which was located in the Yun Men Tsui Ti building.

The use of heavy machinery will hopefully be completed in the shortest time possible, in an effort to ensure the bodies of any other victims are recovered before Chinese New Year that will begin on Feb. 15, he explained.

(By Lee Shien-feng, Chao Li-yan, and Ko Lin)