Search operations intensify to find 58 after Taiwan quake

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At the city's Marshal Hotel, rescuers trying to free two trapped Taiwanese pulled out one alive, but the other person was declared dead, the Government said.

Rescuers are still searching for seven people: a couple from Hong Kong who hold Canadian citizenship and five members of a family from China - parents, grandparents and their 12-year-old son. The family of five shared a room on the second floor. Many buildings collapsed or were damaged, in and around the city of Hualien near the epicenter.

The chances of finding anyone else alive are slim, but rescuers are continuing their search, authorities said.

In a television interview, Lito Banayo, MECO chairman identified the Filipina as Melody Albano Castro from Abulug, Cagayan Province who was working as a caretaker in Taiwan.

"For the students from St Lucia, I would like to let you know they are all safe", Ambassador Shen said.

The number of deaths in Tuesday's quake has been raised to nine while 268 people were injured, according to the National Fire Agency, reports Efe news.

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He said the franchise bus company would pay $10,000 to each injured person and family of the deceased. The injured passenger told the paper: "It was much faster than I normally felt in a bus".

This video, posted on on February 7, the day after the natural disaster, shows rescue workers helping a woman from a partially collapsed building.

Al Jazeera's Rob McBride, reporting from Hualien, said firefighters believe some 50 people remain trapped in one of the buildings that "simply toppled over".

Rescue efforts since then have been hampered by more than 200 aftershocks as island and emergency services personnel worked through the night, combing through rubble in the rain and cold as they searched for survivors. The latest figures from government data indicated 85 people were missing.

By Friday, all affected areas had power restored to them but some household still lack water.

Exactly two years earlier, a magnitude 6.4 quake collapsed an apartment complex in southern Taiwan, killing 115 people.

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