Two Indians missing, search operation continues as death toll reaches nine, 70 mine workers trapped

New Delhi: Two Indian citizens are reported missing after the devastating earthquake that struck Taiwan early Wednesday. The missing persons, a man and a woman, were last seen in the Taroko Gorge, located close to the epicenter.

The quake, described as the most powerful to hit Taiwan in a quarter-century, struck in the early morning, killing nine and injuring more than 1,000. The quake’s impact was severe in rural, mountainous Hualien County, where many buildings suffered structural damage, some leaning at dangerous angles and their ground floors collapsing, news agency AP reported.

Taiwan’s national fire agency said about 70 workers trapped in two rock mines were safe. However, roads leading to them were damaged by falling rocks, the AP reported.

The quake was also felt in the capital, Taipei, about 150 kilometers away, with tiles falling off old buildings and schools having to evacuate students as aftershocks continued to hit the island nation.

In response to the disaster, rescue teams converged on Hualien, deploying excavators to stabilize damaged structures and combing through the debris looking for trapped or trapped people. The number of people missing, stranded or stranded fluctuated as officials received new information and intensified efforts to locate and assist those in need.

Meanwhile, the India-Taipei Association has stepped in to support Indian citizens in Taiwan. A helpline has been set up from which people can get assistance by calling 0905247906 or sending an email to ad.ita@mea.gov.in.

“In view of the earthquake that struck off the coast of eastern Taiwan in the early hours of Wednesday, 03 April 2024, the following emergency helplines have been set up by India Taipei Association for assistance, guidance or clarification to all Indian nationals residing in Taiwan: Mobile: 0905247906 Email: ad.ita@mea.gov.in All Indian citizens are requested to follow the advisories issued by local authorities. ITA also requests Indian nationals in Taiwan to share this advisory through their local networks for wider dissemination,” a statement from the India-Taipei Association said.