Remains of dead in Taiwan quake pulled out from rubble



    Remains of dead in Taiwan quake pulled out from rubble

    Feb 14, Taipei: Rescuers in Taiwan pulled out the remains of the final victims of last week's earthquake and with a minute of silence ended the search with the death toll of 116, most of them in a collapsed high-rise apartment building, media reports said.

    All but two of the dead came from the 17-story Weiguan Golden Dragon residential complex, which toppled when the magnitude-6.4 quake struck the city on Feb. 6.

    Tainan city Mayor Mayor Lai Ching-te on Saturday bowed deeply and thanked the rescuers for their work, and ordered a minute of silence for the victims.

    According to the latest figures from Tainan's city authorities, a total of 270 people in the building survived, including 95 who were evacuated and 175 who were pulled out from the rubble.

    The building's developer, Lin Ming-hui, and two architects have been detained on suspicion of negligent homicide following accusations that Lin's company cut corners in the construction.

    The Oslo Times