More Taiwan earthquake survivors found

More survivors pulled out from rubble of Taiwan quake as search and rescue team continue to look for over 100 still missing

Rescuers pulled more survivors from the debris of a collapsed building in Taiwan on Monday, two days after the earthquake, but more than 100 people are still listed as missing.

The death toll from the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck at dawn on Saturday rose to 38.

Thirty six of the 38 dead were found in the 17-storey Wei-kuan building in the southern city of Tainan, which has been the most affected by the quake.

An eight year old girl named Lin Su-Chin was rescued from the collapsed building over 60 hours after the quake. She was conscious and taken to hospital. Her aunt Chen Mei-jih was also rescued shortly after. 

Earlier the day, a woman identified as Tsao Wei-ling was found lying alive under her dead husband. Their two year old son, who also died, was found lying nearby.

The third survivor, a man named Li Tsung-tian, was lifted out by crane after rescuers worked for more than 20 hours to dig him out, but had a difficult time doing so because his leg was trapped. Hours later, his girlfriend was found dead in the rubble. 

"I briefly chatted with him and he could communicate with his sister," Tainan Mayor William Lai said.

"But I'm afraid his left leg might need emergency treatment... it is not immediately clear whether he'll be able to keep his leg, but doctors will do everything to treat him."

The mayor also said that there are “more fatalities than those pulled out alive, and the number of fatalities will probably exceed 100."

The night of the quake was the beginning of the Lunar New Year holiday and officials worry many relatives may have joined their families in the building to enjoy the holiday, possibly upping the number inside.

A worker places a photo of a victim at a mass funeral for earthquake victims at Tainan, southern Taiwan, February 8, 2016.

People now wait and hope for their relatives to be rescued.

Hung Yueh-yu said his brother was rescued on the first day, but his sister-in law and nephew are still trapped.

"I'm worried and I will keep waiting for their news -I think rescuers are working really hard. I'm hoping for the best," he said.

Lin Tong-meng said he had been waiting at the site for word of his 11 and 12 year old nephews, whose parents were rescued on the first day.

"I came back and forth all yesterday and now I'm here again," Lin said.

Images from the site showed metal cans and foam used inside the concrete framework of the building, raising questions over the safety of the construction.

Blue paint cans, seen sandwiched in between a layer of concrete, is seen at the Wei-Kuan complex, in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan on February 8, 2016.

Outgoing President Ma Ying-jeou said that, "In the near future, regarding building management, we will have some further improvements. We will definitely do this work well."

President-elect Tsai Ing-wen, who will take the reins in May, said the new government would prioritise building safety.

"There are many old buildings across Taiwan... there should be an overall review of their resistance to earthquakes and other disasters," she said.  

Chinese President Xi Jinping also conveyed condolences to the victims, state news agency Xinhua reported late on Sunday, and repeated Beijing's offer to provide help.

China does not accept the independence of Taiwan and views it as a province.

TRTWorld and agencies