taiwan earthquake.jpg

More than 100 people are missing two days after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake killed at least 38 in southern Taiwan, while three people were rescued alive, authorities said Monday.

Li Zong-dian, who was found by search teams on Sunday, was rescued Monday morning after being trapped for 55 hours, the state-run Central News Agency reported.

Li was immediately sent to hospital to have his lower left leg amputated.

"Mr Li was found under steel beams. When I talked to Mr Li, he remained conscious," Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te told reporters.

A woman, Tsao Wei-ling, was also rescued Monday morning, and an 8-year-old girl surnamed Lin was rescued in the afternoon, SET TV reported. 

More than 530 people were injured in Tainan City during the quake and more than 100 people are still missing, according to figures from the Central Emergency Operation Centre.

The quake struck southern Taiwan at 3:57 am Saturday (1957 GMT Friday).

Most of the missing were in a 17-storey apartment building that collapsed in the city's Yungkang district.

Search efforts continued at the site Monday, but rescue crews had difficulty reaching people trapped inside, local media reported.

Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te said the death toll could exceed 100 as many people remained trapped in the collapsed building, CNA reported.

President-elect Tsai Ing-wen, who will be sworn in on May 20, visited some of the injured on Monday, the first day of the new lunar year.

"This has been a very sombre Lunar New Year," Tsai was quoted as saying by CNA.

Tsai said the future government’s priorities include reviewing the safety of buildings nationwide and coming up with urban renewal projects.

Authorities suspect shoddy construction could explain why the building did not withstand the earthquake, and they have launched an investigation.

In September 1999, Taiwan was hit by a magnitude-7.3 earthquake, which left more than 2,400 people dead.

Related stories

34 dead, more than 100 missing after earthquake in Taiwan

Strong earthquake topples buildings in Taiwan, killing 11

23 dead, dozens missing after earthquake in Taiwan

Death toll from Taiwan earthquake reaches more than 100

Taiwan building developers arrested after quake collapse

Latest news

Reports: 12 injured as car runs into crowd at New Orleans parade

Twelve people were injured Saturday in the US city of New Orleans when a car struck a crowd watching a parade, local media reported.

"Moonlight" big winner at independent film awards

The coming-of-age drama "Moonlight" won six prizes including best feature at the 32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards Saturday, claiming the Hollywood spotlight on the eve of the Oscars.

Trump: I won't attend White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

US President Donald Trump said Saturday that he does not plan to attend the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year.

US Democratic Party chooses Tom Perez to be next party chief

The US Democratic Party elected former labour secretary Tom Perez as its next party chief at a meeting in Atlanta on Saturday.

73-year-old man dies after car ramming in Germany

A 73-year-old male pedestrian died from his injuries after being run over when a car rammed into people in the south-western town of Heidelberg, police said Saturday.

Syrian government vows retribution for Homs attacks that killed 42

The Syrian government vowed retribution for synchronized attacks on Saturday in Homs City that left 42 security personnel dead and reportedly involved up to six suicide bombers.

Between 250,000 and 300,000 Croatians suffer from rare diseases

Rare Disease Day, observed on February 28, was marked in Zagreb's Cvjetni Trg Square on Saturday.

German police shoot man who rammed car into pedestrians in Heidelberg

Police in Germany shot a man who rammed a car into pedestrians in the south-western town of Heidelberg on Saturday.

Egypt's al-Sissi orders cabinet to help Christians fleeing Sinai

Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al-Sissi ordered the government on Saturday to take all necessary measures to help Christians who escaped northern Sinai after the Islamic State militia killed at least six of them over the past month.

SDP MP calls on citizens to raise their voice against restriction of women's rights

Josko Klisovic, a Social Democrat member of the Croatian parliament, on Saturday called on all Croatians to raise their voice against a policy turnaround on women's rights after Croatia took a conservative position in a discussion on human rights in the Council of the European Union.

Egypt court acquits Mubarak's aide of 22 years

An Egyptian court on Saturday acquitted one of ousted president Hosny Mubarak's closest aides, ruling he was not guilty of corruption and illicit profits.

EU ambassador to Albania Romana Vlahutin under 24-hour police protection

EU Ambassador to Albania Romana Vlahutin and her family have been given 24-hour armed police protection due to threats she has been receiving lately, the Austrian paper Der Standard said on Saturday, explaining that the threats were linked to Vlahutin's monitoring of a reform of Albania's judiciary designed to curb corruption in that country.