The death toll from the powerful earthquake that shook southern Taiwan on Saturday had climbed to 98 as of 8:55 p.m. local time on Friday, with 22 people still missing, according to Taiwan’s news agency CNA.
A mourning service was held in Tainan city today, which marks the seventh day since the earthquake. Leading political figures including Taiwan leader-elect Tsai Ing-wen attended the service.
More than 90 deaths have been linked to the Wei Guan building in Tainan city, according to local media. Many of them were buried as the 16-story building collapsed after the quake.
Rescuers said chances for finding any more survivors from the dismantled building were becoming slim, but searching efforts would continue.
The quake, which the China Earthquake Administration said had a magnitude of 6.7, hit Kaohsiung city at 3:57 a.m. local time on Saturday, just two days ahead of the Lunar New Year.
Story by CCTV NEWS.