TAIPEI - The death toll at a building that collapsed from a strong earthquake in southern Taiwan reached 114 as rescue efforts came to an end on Saturday, a week after the temblor hit.
"The search and rescue has come to an end," said Tainan Mayor William Lai, in remarks carried live on local television, identifying the last individual to be pulled out from the rubble as Hsieh Chen-yu, who was part of the fallen building's management committee.
All of those believed missing in the building have now been accounted for, city officials said.
The 6.4-magnitude quake struck at early dawn on Feb 6 at the beginning of the Lunar New Year holiday, with almost all of the dead found in Tainan's toppled Wei-guan Golden Dragon Building.
Two other people died elsewhere in the city.
Rescue work has focused on the wreckage of the 17-storey building.
The building had 256 registered residents but when more than that number were pulled out in the initial days after the quake, it became clear more people were in the building when it toppled.
Rescuers were moved to tears when they found the bodies of a couple hugging each other in the building that collapsed during the devastating earthquake that hit Taiwan
According to CCTVNews, the rescuers found the deceased man with his arms wrapped the woman - a gesture to protect her from the falling debris
The deceased have been identified as Cai Meng and Huang Ruoxin, college students from Kun Shan University.
Authorities have said that the death toll from the collapsed building has risen to 62 and that another 62 people are still missing, presumably trapped under the rubble.
Rescuers say that chances of finding more survivors are now slim.
The Chinese characters "Jiayou", which means "Fight on", is displayed on Taiwan's tallest skyscraper, the Taipei 101, after a powerful earthquake hit Tainan, in Taipei, February 6, 2016.
Rescue workers transport a body from the site where a 17-story apartment building collapsed after an earthquake hit Tainan, southern Taiwan February 7, 2016.
Tibetan monks offer prayers for victims of the earthquake at Tainan, southern Taiwan February 7, 2016.
A survivor reacts next to his family member's body at a 17-storey apartment building that collapsed after an earthquake hit Tainan.
A relative cries after his family member was confirmed dead at a 17-storey apartment building that collapsed after an earthquake hit Tainan, southern Taiwan.
Rescue personnel work at the site where a 17-storey apartment building collapsed after an earthquake hit Tainan.
A rescuer waits for a crane at the collapsed Wei Kuan complex building on the second day of rescue operations following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in southern Taiwan's city of Tainan on February 7, 2016.
Traffic is seen past the collapsed Wei Kuan complex building on the second day of rescue operations.
Local residents line up for water following the disruption of water supply lines near the collapsed Wei Kuan complex building on the second day of rescue operations.
A relative of a missing victim rushes to take a look at survivors saved by rescue workers.
Rescuers carry a 20-year-old male survivor, identified by Taiwan media as Huang Kuang-wei, out from the site where a 17-storey apartment building collapsed after an earthquake hit Tainan.
Rescue personnel search the rubble of a 17-storey apartment building that collapsed after an earthquake hit Tainan.
People wait in front of a list of the survivors for their relatives who were inside a 17-storey apartment building which collapsed after the earthquake.
Tainan Mayor William Lai talks to people whose relatives were inside a 17-storey apartment building which collapsed.
Rescue workers continue the search for survivors at the Wei-kuan apartment complex on the second day of rescue operations.
At least 11 people have died after a powerful earthquake struck Taiwan early on Saturday, most in a 17-storey apartment building that collapsed.
At least five people missing in the ruins of the complex as darkness fell, government officials said.
As rescuers searched for survivors, questions were raised about the construction of the Wei-guan Golden Dragon Building in the southern city of Tainan.
The building's floors pancaked down on each other when the 6.4 magnitude tremor hit at around 4 a.m. (2000 GMT), at the start of a Lunar New Year holiday.
Nine of the dead, including a 10-day-old girl, were from the apartment building. The baby was found in her dead father's arms, media reported.
Rescuers mounted hydraulic ladders and a crane to scour the ruins, plucking survivors to safety, with dozens taken to hospital.
An 18-year old man was found alive and conscious shortly after dark, and rescuers were working to get him free, Taiwan television said.
Buildings in nine other locations in the city of 2 million people had collapsed and five were left tilting at alarming angles, a government emergency centre said.
A fire department official said rescue efforts were focused on the apartment block, where a child's clothes fluttered from a first-floor laundry line and the smell of leaking gas hung in the air.
Authorities said there were 96 apartment units in the Golden Dragon Building and 256 registered residents. Late in the day, city mayor William Lai said 5 people were missing there.
Rescuers clad in red and yellow overalls pulled 250 survivors from the ruins and later inserted huge supports under slabs of leaning concrete to buttress the ruins as they searched for more.
City officials said it was too early to determine if poor construction was a factor in the building's collapse.
President Ma Ying-jeou visited an emergency centre and hospital in Tainan while President-elect Tsai Ing-wen cancelled appointments to help coordinate rescue efforts.
A powerful quake struck southern Taiwan before dawn on Saturday near the city of Tainan, toppling a 17-story apartment building where more than 100 people are feared trapped.
A baby girl and a 40-year-old man have been confirmed dead, according to a government official. Media reported a third death.
Rescuers mounted hydraulic ladders and a crane to scour the wreckage and pluck more than 120 survivors to safety, with at least 26 taken to hospital, a fire brigade official said.
"I was watching TV and after a sudden burst of shaking, I heard a boom. I opened my metal door and saw the building opposite fall down," said a 71-year-old neighbour who gave his name as Chang.
A plumber, he said he fetched some tools and a ladder and prised some window bars open to rescue a woman crying for help. "She asked me to go back and rescue her husband, child, but I was afraid of a gas explosion so I didn't go in. At the time there were more people calling for help, but my ladder wasn't long enough so there was no way to save them."
The magnitude 6.4 quake was centred 27 miles (43 km) southeast of Tainan, at a depth of 23 km (14 miles), the US Geological Survey said. It struck just before 4 a.m. (2000 GMT on Friday).
Several aftershocks shook Tainan afterwards, Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said.
One elderly woman, wrapped in blankets, was strapped to a board and slowly slid down a ramp to the ground as the cries of those still trapped rang out. Rescuers used dogs and acoustic equipment to pick up signs of life in the rubble.
"There are 60 households in that building," said Tainan fire department 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.
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, speaking to reporters in the capital before leaving for the disaster scene, said authorities were not clear on the extent of the disaster. "The disaster situation is not very clear yet. We will do our utmost to rescue and secure (survivors)," Ma said.
Taiwan lies in the seismically active "Pacific Ring of Fire". Television quoted Tainan residents as saying the quake felt worse than the 1999 tremor, centred in central Taiwan.
A baby is being rescued.
Of a total 289 people pulled out, 175 were alive with 96 of them taken to the hospital, Lai said.
No survivors had been brought out since Monday evening, when more than 100 were still reported missing.
The Wei-guan was the only major high-rise building in the city of two million people to have completely collapsed.
Its lower storeys, filled with arcades of shops, pancaked on top of each other before the entire U-shaped complex toppled in on itself.
Local authorities are investigating the reasons for the building's collapse and earlier this week took into custody three individuals, including the developer of the Wei-guan Golden Dragon Building, on suspicion of professional negligent homicide.
No one has yet been formally charged.