Remains of last unaccounted-for quake victim found - Focus Taiwan

Remains of last unaccounted-for quake victim found

Taipei, Feb. 13 (CNA) The remains of the last unaccounted-for resident of an apartment complex in Tainan that collapsed when a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck southern Taiwan last week have been found, Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said Saturday.

Based on household data and resident reports, the victim was Hsieh Chen-yu (謝鎮宇), head of the building's management committee, Lai said.

The finding brings the rescue mission to a conclusion, he said at a press conference held at 4:20 p.m. on the progress of the search for the residents of the collapsed Weiguan Jinlong apartment complex in Tainan's Yongkang District who remained unaccounted for.

Hsieh "might have wanted to wait until everyone else had left," Lai said.

The last victim's remains were discovered at 3:57 p.m. Coincidentally, the earthquake shook Tainan at 3:57 a.m. Feb. 6.

The death toll from the earthquake has been confirmed at 116, all but two of whom were Weiguan Jinlong building residents. Those two were reported dead in the city's Guiren District after being hit by falling objects.

Tainan city government statistics show that a total of 397 people were rescued from the collapsed building, 104 of whom required hospital treatment.

There is one person still unaccounted for in Tainan since the earthquake, but the police said the individual is a homeless person who is not believed to have been in the Weiguan area when the disaster hit.

The individual has been listed as a missing person, police said.

(By Huang Kuo-fang and Elizabeth Hsu; click here for the full coverage of the earthquake aftermath.) ENDITEM/J

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