Rescuers on Sunday found signs of live within the remains of a high-rise residential building that collapsed in a powerful, shallow earthquake in southern Taiwan that killed at least 18 people and injured hundreds. The emergency center in Tainan, the worst-hit city, estimated that 132 people were still missing more than 24 hours after the magnitude-6.4 quake struck at dawn Saturday.
Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te said in TV interviews from the site of the building collapse that life detecting equipment had found signs of life from at least 29 trapped people. Rescuers had already pulled out at least 247 survivors from the collapsed building. They were among more than 340 people rescued throughout Tainan, where nine other buildings collapsed and five careened, the city government said. Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported that 484 people had been injured, although most of these had been released from hospitals by Saturday night. FULL REPORT