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Taiwan: 116 bodies retrieved from quake rubble


Taiwan has retrieved all bodies of victims of last weekends magnitude 6.4 earthquake that led to the collapse of a 17 storey high-rise complex.

The death toll now stands at 116 concluding the rescue efforts.

Majority of the dead are said to have been residents of the Weiguan Golden Dragon apartment complex, the only structure to collapse during the quake in Tainan city.

More than 500 people were injured during the Saturday morning quake that was also felt in the capital Taipei.

The government has launched a probe into whether the construction of the building contributed to its collapse.

Taiwan, an area prone to earthquakes, introduced strict building regulations following the 1999 quake that left more than 2000 people dead.

On Friday, a memorial service was held for the victims and was attended by president Ma Ying-jeou and president-elect Tsai Ing-wen.

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