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Rescue Work Continues after 6.7-magnitude Quake Hits Taiwan
   2016-02-10 17:59:37    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Jing

A heavy machine works at the rescue site in Tainan, southeast China's Taiwan, Feb. 9, 2016. [Photo: Xinhua]

Rescue workers removed five bodies from the debris of an apartment block in southern Taiwan on Wednesday.

It brought up the death toll of Saturday's earthquake to 46.

Around 100 others are still trapped under the rubble of the collapsed Wei Guan apartment building in Tainan.

Heavy equipment is being utilized to try to reach more victims, but hopes are dimming as the 72-hour "golden window" for finding survivors has expired.

At the same time, the injured are recovering in hospitals including a mother, Wu Hui-shan, and her two sons.

Wu says she had little time to react when the quake hit.

"The building was shaking so much, it was impossible to walk. I remember I saw the light was still on in the living room so I saw things were falling down. I wanted to get my younger son but the building collapsed before I can even see his room."

Wu suffered injuries to her legs, while her sons suffered minor injuries.

The oldest son is said to be showing signs of post-traumatic stress, unable to talk or engage with anyone.

The 17-story building collapsed on itself after the region was hit by a 6.7-magnitude earthquake two days before the Chinese New Year.

Developers of the building have been arrested, as poor construction quality has been blamed for the collapse.

Reports suggest the walls of the Wei Guan building, which was built 20-years ago, may have been packed with empty cooking oil containers during the construction process.

The illegal cost-saving technique by developers has been pointed to as one of the factors behind the deaths of over a thousand people after Taiwan was hit by a major earthquake in 1999.

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