Death toll from southern Taiwan earthquake rises to 35; more than 100 pulled out alive

A powerful earthquake in Taiwan felled a 16-storey apartment complex full of families who had gathered for Lunar New Year celebrations Saturday, with at least twelve dead and more than 20 feared trapped. The death toll is rising in the historic city of Tainan, which bears the brunt of the 6.4-magnitude quake, as rescuers scour rubble for survivors. An entire residential complex of four buildings containing almost 100 homes toppled, left on its side with twisted metal girders exposed and clouds of dust rising from the jumbled concrete. Officials said there were 256 people registered as living in the complex, which contained 96 apartments. More than 250 have been rescued so far, with more than 40 hospitalised. Around 800 troops are mobilized to help the rescue effort, with sniffer dogs also searching through the rubble. Across Tainan and surrounding counties, more than 400 people were injured, with 100 still in hospital. Eight shelters have been set up around the city, with over 100 people taking refuge there.

Death toll from Taiwan earthquake rises to 109, officials say; 9 people still missing - AP

Death toll from Taiwan earthquake rises to 109, officials say; 9 people still missing - AP

Tainan, Taiwan, prosecutors issues arrest warrant for developer of building that collapsed during earthquake on Saturday - Reuters

Tainan, Taiwan, prosecutors issues arrest warrant for developer of building that collapsed during earthquake on Saturday - Reuters

Rescuers: Toll from earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, rises to 40 people; 107 remain missing - China Xinhua News

Rescuers: Toll from earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, rises to 40 people; 107 remain missing - China Xinhua News

Official: 132 people remained trapped in collapsed building in Tainan, Taiwan, after earthquake - @W7VOA

Official: 132 people remained trapped in collapsed building in Tainan, Taiwan, after earthquake - @W7VOA

Officials say death toll rises to 11 following Taiwan earthquake - AP

Officials say death toll rises to 11 following Taiwan earthquake - AP

At least 5 killed, 378 injured in Taiwan earthquake, National Fire Agency reports - NBC News

At least 5 killed, 378 injured in Taiwan earthquake, National Fire Agency reports - NBC News

Local fire brigade: 17-story building in Tainan, Taiwan, collapsed after earthquake; 123 people rescued so far - Reuters

Local fire brigade: 17-story building in Tainan, Taiwan, collapsed after earthquake; 123 people rescued so far - Reuters

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