Taiwan Quake - Death toll rises to 109

Taipei, Feb 13: The death toll in a powerful earthquake that struck Taiwan's oldest city of Tainan a week ago rose to 109 today with an estimated nine people missing.

All but two of the dead were pulled from the ruins of the collapsed Weiguan Golden Dragon residential complex, a 17-story building. The latest update by Taiwan's Interior Ministry said rescuers pulled out 33 bodies yesterday and another eight early today.

About nine people are believed to be missing and presumed trapped under the rubble. Rescuers were still scouring the site to find them. Authorities detained the building's developer Lin Ming-hui and two architects this week on suspicion of negligent homicide amid accusations his firm cut corners in the construction.

Tainan city officials said they will inspect several dozen other developments built by Lin, as well as other buildings in the Weiguan compound that did not collapse


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