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Canadian government confirms Canadians among missing in Hualien quake

2018/02/09 09:48:04

Taipei, Feb. 9 (CNA) Canadian consular officials are in contact with Taiwanese authorities to gather additional information and providing assistance to the missing Canadians in Hualien earthquake, Canadian government said Friday.

"Global Affairs Canada is aware of reports that Canadian citizens are missing following the recent major earthquake in Hualien, Taiwan," according to a statement released by Global Affairs Canada, the department in Canadian government that manages the country's diplomatic and consular relations.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends during this difficult time," according to the statement.

"To protect the privacy of the individuals concerned, further details on this case cannot be released," it added.

A Canadian couple remains unaccounted for in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Hualien County in eastern Taiwan late Tuesday.

The couple have been identified as Peter So (蘇煒禧) and Freda So (蕭敏渝), who are believed to have been staying at the Beauty Inn in the Yun Men Tsui Ti building, one of the partially collapsed buildings in the magnitude 6.0 earthquake, according to Taiwan's Central Emergency Operations Center (CEOC).

Lacking official diplomatic ties, Canadian interests in Taiwan is represented by the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei.

(By Joseph Yeh)