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December 12, 2017

Taiwan weekend earthquake – two persons rescued today


Newsroom24x7 Desk

taiwan earthquakeTaiwan : A man and a woman, injured during the earthquake which rocked a building and brought the cement structure down, have been rescued. Authorities informed that two people have been pulled alive from the ruins of an apartment building two days after it collapsed in a powerful earthquake in Tainan City in Taiwan. The woman was found alive, waiting silently for a rescue magic, as she stood still beside her dead companion, who has succumbed to the quake injuries. Having lost her two-year old son too, the woman stayed put and did not loose out on hopes of rescue, and continued breathing. The rescued woman, Tsao Wei-ling, was pulled out today morning in a conscious state, but was rushed to medical facility for hospital care.

From the nearby rubble, another person, a man — who was stuck alive, between the fallen concrete, was also rescued. Both survivors were pulled out by rescue workers after struggle and search inside the quake remains. Around 35 people died in the magnitude 6.4 quake, most of whom were inside the Weiguan Jinlong building. A densely inhabited building, authorities are suspecting of more than 100 people to be still stuck and trapped inside, waiting to be rescued.

The man had been communicating to rescuers throughout the night, while they were trying to judge the path of his rescue. Working for a long time in between the rubbles, the rescue workers finally managed to pull him out just before midday local time. Officials said that almost 310 people had been rescued from the rubble of the building, with 100 of them taken to hospital.

The 17 storeys of the Weiguan Jinlong (Golden Dragon) apartment complex crumpled as the quake struck just before 04:00 local time on Saturday (20:00 GMT Friday), as Taiwan was beginning the lunar new year holiday.

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