On Saturday, authorities called an end to the search for survivors of the Taiwan earthquake, with all the missing accounted for, the final death toll stands at 116.
The 6.4-magnitude quake hit southern Taiwan at 3:57am on February 6th. The majority of the casualties occured in the city of Tainan, where a 17-story apartment building, built in 1992, toppled over, burying hundreds of residents.
In total, the Weiguan Jinlong building accounted for 114 of the deaths. Xinhua reports that more than 30 of those were under 16 years old. Rescuers managed to save 289 people from beneath the rubble, even rescuing a few survivors more than two days after the quake, including one 8-year-old girl, trapped for over 60 hours.
Much has been speculated about the structural integrity of the collapsed Wei Guan residential building. Soon after the earthquake, rescuers noticed cooking oil and paint cans stuffed inside the pillars. Later, investigators discovered serious discrepancies between the collapsed apartment building and its blueprints, leading many to believe that developers cut corners during construction.
The developer, Lin Ming-hui, was arrested last week on suspicion of negligent homicide, along with two other men from his management team.
Today the flag has been flown at half-mast at governmental buildings in Taiwan to mourn the 116 people who lost their lives in the earthquake, reports Focus Taiwan.