Taipei: The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck Taiwan on February 6 has increased to 94 with some 30 people still reported missing, the authorities announced on Friday.
According to an official update on the casualties, the collapse of the 16-storey Wei Guan building in Tainan city, the most seriously damaged in the 6.7-magnitude quake, accounted for 92 of the total casualties, Xinhua news agency reported.
Local people blame the building’s developer for using shoddy construction material.
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Rescuers said the chances of finding more survivors from the building were becoming slim, but search efforts would continue, EFE news reported.
A memorial service for the victims was held in Tainan city earlier in the day which was attended by President Ma Ying-jeou and Tsai Ing-wen, the opposition leader and president designate.
Taiwan will observe a national day of mourning on Monday with the national flag flying at half mast.