After more than 60 hours spent trapped underneath the rubble of their collapsed apartment building, two survivors were rescued earlier this evening in Tainan.
At around 5pm, an 8-year-girl was pulled out by rescuers. She had been trapped since a magnitude 6.4 earthquake toppled her 17-story apartment building early Saturday morning.
“Uncle, I am very thirsty,” the girl told her rescuers. She had been buried for 61 hours. Afterward, she was quickly rushed to the hospital for treatment, Focus Taiwan reports.
Just an hour later, rescuers were also able to pull out a Vietnamese woman, in her late 20s, who had also been trapped underneath the apartment building for two and a half days. She was conscious when rescued.
As of Monday afternoon, at least 38 people have died as a result of Saturday’s devastating earthquake in southern Taiwan. Most of the causalities were residents of the same 17-story apartment building that collapsed. Yesterday, rescuers noticed that the building’s pillars were stuffed with cooking oil and paint cans.
Time is running out for those still trapped underneath the rubble and it is feared that the death toll could rise to 120 people.
Watch video of the rescue here:
[Images via Liberty Times Net]