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123 Buildings in Taiwan Deemed Uninhabitable after Quake
   2016-02-15 19:18:40    Xinhua      Web Editor: Qian Shanming

Traffic is resumed after the road was resurfaced in quake-hit Yongkang district of Tainan, southeast China's Taiwan, Feb. 15, 2016. [Photo: Xinhua]

123 buildings in Tainan City have been listed as dangerous after the recent earthquake in Taiwan.

Tainan's Public Works Bureau says 6 buildings with severe damage must be demolished immediately, while all the buildings are no longer suitable for habitation.

Tainan's vice mayor Zeng Xuzheng says cleaning up and restoring traffic flow remain priorities.

"Our work today is to clean up the waste and steel on the Yongda road, carry out resurfacing, and re-open it open to traffic. Disinfection is also on-going in the surrounding areas, so far we are sterilizing both the south and the north.

Meanwhile, Tainan city prosecutor's office has summoned Lin Minghui, the contractor builder of the Wei Guan Building for questioning.

It has also issued a property sequestration of his company while collecting evidence for possible faulty design and fraud in construction.

The U-shaped Wei Guan Building collapsed seconds after the quake, accounting for 114 deaths.

Tainan city mayor Lai Qingde urges some residents to wait before moving back into their homes, and promises government assistance in rebuilding and relocation.

"Although the houses are not listed on the "dangerous list", I would suggest you not to go back. At least wait until we help you make it safe, then you can go back in."

On Monday, the Chinese mainland's Taiwan affairs chief Zhang Zhijun conveyed condolences from mainland leaders to the victims of the disaster.

The search and rescue operation has ended. The bodies of all missing residents have been discovered.

The official death toll of the quake is 116.


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