Taiwan earthquake death toll rises to 9

Taiwan earthquake death toll rises to 9

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Nine people were killed, 265 injured and 62 still missing as of Thursday after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Taiwan’s Hualien County. The victims include three tourists from the mainland. Two of them were found in the damaged Yun Men Tusi Ti building in the early hours of Thursday morning. A female tourist from the mainland’s Fujian Province was rescued from the same building yesterday, but was declared dead at 21:00 Wednesday after treatment failed. Search and rescue operations at the Yun Men Tusi Ti building have resumed after being halted temporarily last afternoon as the building kept tilting. A total of 13 steel beams are in place to bolster the building to secure the safety of both rescuers and the trapped people inside. Continuous rain and frequent aftershocks made it difficult to carry out rescue operations.

(Reuters)