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Rescuers said Thursday that 60 people were confirmed dead in the ruins of the 17-storey Weiguan Jinlong apartment building that collapsed in the southern Taiwan city of Tainan in Saturday's 6.4-magnitude earthquake.

The figure brought the quake's death toll to 62, with more than 60 people still missing, the Tainan City Government said late Thursday.

The last people found alive after the collapse were pulled from the rubble on Monday. The search and rescue effort was ongoing despite heavy rain in Tainan, which slowed down the task.

A red poodle was rescued Thursday, shivering but otherwise apparently uninjured, news reports said. Two other dogs, a white Maltese and a mixed-breed yellow dog, were rescued Wednesday, local media said.

Three former executives of the company that built the Weiguan residential complex were arrested late Tuesday, amid suspicions that its construction did not meet safety standards.

Taiwan's Premier Chang San-cheng ordered Wednesday that, on Monday, the first working day after the Lunar New Year holidays, all flags in the nation would fly at half mast to mourn the victims of the earthquake.

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