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Taiwan quake death toll rises to 11

Taiwan quake death toll rises to 11

Rescuers in Taiwan continued their search for survivors in a dangerously tilted building Thursday, more than a day after it was damaged in an quake that shook the island's east coast and killed at least 10 people.

The Hong Kong couple, who are Canadian nationals, were registered at the hotel under the name Peter So.

Authorities said they would focus their search on the single building where the five missing were believed to be.

The hotel, located on the lower floors of the 12-story Yunmen Tsuiti building, had nearly entirely collapsed.

The building is heavily damaged and is titled at a 30-degree angle.

Scores of aftershocks have hampered rescue efforts as emergency personnel combed through collapsed buildings in search of survivors after a powerful natural disaster killed at least 10 people near Taiwan's popular tourist city of Hualien.

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The deaths of the couple, both 49, raises the death toll to 12, including four tourists from China and a 27-year-old Filipino employed as a household helper. As for the reason why it accept Japan's help, Huang said it had cutting-edge equipment that would make the search for survivors more effective.

Engineers reinforced the building to ensure safety for the rescuers and the people trapped in the rubble.

TV stations also reported rescuers had detected the smell of decaying corpses.

Taiwan's president, Tsai Ing-wen, tweeted that the armed forces and government agencies were responding.

The seven missing people were staying at the Pretty Baby Inn, a hotel on the first three floors of the Yun Men Tsui Ti building, where seven people died after Tuesday's magnitude 6.4 quake, Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Centre said.


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