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Magnitude 6.4 quake hits southern Taiwan, 5 killed

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TAIPEI — A powerful magnitude 6.4 earthquake toppled a 17-storey apartment building in southern Taiwan, killing at least five people and triggering frantic efforts to rescue about 35 people feared trapped inside.

Several buildings in the city of 2 million people tilted at alarming angles but a fire department official said rescue efforts were now focused entirely on the apartment block.

The quake was centred 43 kilometres south-east of Tainan, at a depth of 23 kilometres, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The fatalities include a baby and a 40-year-old man, after a complex of towers collapsed when the tremor struck at the start of a Lunar New Year holiday.

Rescuers mounted hydraulic ladders and a crane to scour the wreckage, plucking more than 120 survivors to safety, with dozens taken to hospital, an official said.

“I was watching TV and after a sudden burst of shaking, I heard a boom,” said a 71-year-old neighbour who gave his name as Chang.

“I opened my metal door and saw the building opposite fall down,” he added.

At least five aftershocks of magnitude 3.8 or more shook Tainan about 30 minutes after the initial quake, according to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau.

Rescuers used dogs and acoustic equipment to pick up signs of life in the rubble.

“There are 60 households in that building,” said Tainan City Government Fire Bureau information officer Lee Po Min, estimating that there might be about 240 people living there.

One city hospital said 58 people had been brought in, most of them with light injuries.

The fire department said a total of 115 people had been taken to hospital from around Tainan.

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Taiwan’s defence ministry said 810 soldiers had been mobilised for rescue efforts.


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Red corner notice issued against Deepak Manange

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KATHMANDU — International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) has issued red corner notice against fugitive assembly member of province 4 Rajib Gurung alias Deepak Manange.

Nepal Police headquarters had requested Interpol to issue red corner notice against Manange after the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police report that he was not in the country.

The issuance of red corner notice means police of 192 members countries of Interpol will be searching for Manange.

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Earlier in January, the Supreme Court (SC) had convicted Manange along with three others in attempted murder case of Chakre Milan (Milan Gurung) and sentenced him to five years in prison.

Nepal police then sent documents to the Interpol headquarters on February 22 to issue the notice, which Interpol had refused to issue.

Manange, who was elected as an independent candidate to a provincial assembly seat from Manang district, has had several run-ins with the law on numerous criminal charges in the past.

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