Hero dog sniffs out Taiwan natural disaster survivors
Hero dog sniffs out Taiwan natural disaster survivors
Deadly Taiwan Earthquake Felt in South China
10 February, 2018, 05:30
Rescuers are combing the rubble of collapsed buildings, in a search for about 67 people missing after a strong quake killed at least seven near Taiwan's popular tourist city of Hualien.
Melody Castro's body was found in the rubble of a building that nearly collapsed following the natural disaster.
"We discovered the body of a Chinese woman at the hotel in Yun Tsui (building) earlier this morning and located another person who's a hotel staffer", he said.
Video footage and photos showed several mid-sized buildings in Hualien leaning at sharp angles, their lowest floors crushed into mangled heaps of concrete, shattered glass, bent iron beams and other debris.
Authorities said 276 people were injured.
Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with the people of Taiwan after two high-magnitude earthquakes devastated the island nation, killing at least nine people and injuring hundreds more. Firefighters could be seen climbing ladders hoisted against windows as they sought to reach residents inside apartments.
The government said extreme displacements at the building were making the search for survivors hard. Its streets were buckled by the force of the quake, with about 40,000 homes left without water and about 1,900 without power.
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Ministry of National Defense spokesman Major General Chen Chung-chi (陳中吉) said that the arrival of the supplies is part of a humanitarian assistance cooperation effort.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen moved to reassure the Taiwanese public that every effort would be made to look for survivors.
A auto sat submerged in rubble as rescue workers combed through the ruins of a nearby building.
Taiwan has frequent earthquakes due to its position along the "Ring of Fire", the seismic faults encircling the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquakes occur.
As soon as the quake struck, Tie Hsiung flew out with a rescue team from the western city of Taichung alongside his training companion, fellow labrador Tuei Tuei ("Leg-Leg"), who is also four years old.
Taiwan has frequent earthquakes, majority minor, but a 1999 quake killed more than 2,300 people and was Taiwan's worst recent natural disaster.
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