Published: Sat, February 10, 2018

Canadians among the dead in Taiwan earthquake

Canadians among the dead in Taiwan earthquake

"The lower floors of the 12-storey tower €" which also housed a hotel €" pancaked, leaving the structure leaning at a fifty-degree angle and sparking fears of an imminent collapse.

TAIWAN began demolishing three dangerously damaged buildings today as rescue workers combed the rubble of a hotel in a last-ditch effort to find seven people still missing after a deadly quake. The quake claimed at least 12 lives and has left more than 200 injured.

The hotel, located on the lower floors of the 12-story Yunmen Tsuiti building, had nearly entirely collapsed.

More than 200 aftershocks followed, hampering a round-the-clock rescue effort in which emergency personnel battled rain and cold to comb rubble in a search for survivors.

As of 8 p.m., the natural disaster had left at least 12 dead, 279 injured and five missing.

The seven missing people were staying at the Pretty Baby Inn, a hotel on the first three floors of the Yun Men Tsui Ti building, where seven people died after Tuesday's magnitude 6.4 quake, Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Centre said. "But then it got really terrifying", Chen Ming-hui told CNA after he was reunited with his son and grandson. They are trapped on a bottom floor of a hotel. Firefighters climbed ladders hoisted against windows to reach people inside apartments.

The force of the tremor buckled roads and disrupted electricity and water supplies to thousands of households, the National Fire Agency said.

Zhang Zhijun, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, received details about the casualties, property losses and rescue work through a phone call with Fu Kun-Chi, head of Hualien County.

Nine Japanese are among the 272 injured but their injuries are not life threatening, according to the Taiwan Foreign Ministry.

Six tourists from the mainland have been sent to a hospital in Hualien.

"#Taiwan is grateful to the many offers of assistance & support coming from around the world", President Tsai Ing-wen said in a tweet Thursday.

"Right now it is only confirmed earlier", she said in a telephone interview.

"We will do our best to find the missing people within the 72-hour golden rescue period, " Fu said.

"This is when the Taiwanese people show their calm, resilience and love", she wrote.

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