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Newborn baby among Taiwan earthquake victims

At least three people have been killed in the earthquake that stuck Taiwan. Credit: APTN

A 10-day old baby is reportedly one of three victims of the earthquake in Taiwan, according to reports.

Taiwan's official news agency said the baby and a 40-year-old man were pulled out of a 17-story residential building but were later declared dead. The identity of the other victim is not yet known.

At least 150 people have also been hospitalised following the 6.4 magnitude tremor which struck in the early hours of Saturday morning,

Four buildings collapsed after the quake and several have been left partially damaged. Rescue workers have pulled out 221 people but are still trying to free several others trapped in the rubble.

Reports: Four buildings collapsed after Taiwan quake

At least four buildings collapsed and several others have been left partially damaged after a strong earthquake struck Taiwan in the early hours of Saturday morning, reports the Central News Agency.

Rescuers are still pulling people from the rubble of high rise buildings and at least two people are known to have died.

Reports suggest at least four buildings fell after the 6.4 magnitude earthquake. Credit: APTN
At least two people have died after the earthquake caused buildings to crumble. Credit: APTN
Rescuers are still pulling people from the rubble of collapsed high rise buildings. Credit: APTN


Two dead after building collapse in Taiwan earthquake

A 17-storey building collapsed in Taiwan following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake. Credit: Formosa TV

At least two people have reportedly died after a 17-storey building collapsed in Tainan, Taiwan following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake, Reuters news agency reports quoting the city mayor William Lai.

Lai also said that the building complex housed 221 residents and that 31 people had been taken to hospital.

Taiwan quake: 123 people rescued from collapsed building

At least 123 people have been rescued so far from a building that has collapsed in Tainan, Taiwan following a magnitude 6.4 earthquake, according to the local fire brigade.

At least five aftershocks of 3.8 magnitude or more shook Tainan about half an hour after the initial quake, according to Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau.

There were no immediate reports of deaths. About 240 people are believed to be living in the building.

Pictures from Taiwan's Formosa TV


Chinese and Taiwan presidents set for historic meeting

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (left) will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) on Saturday Credit: Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou in Singapore on Saturday, Chinese state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday.

Xinhua did not elaborate on the meeting, the first between the two sides since the Chinese civil war ended in 1949.

Taiwan's government had earlier announced the meeting, saying the leaders would discuss cross-strait issues.

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