Death toll in Taiwan earthquake rises to 109
Relatives, religious leaders and government officials attend a memorial for the victims of the collapsed building complex caused by an earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. (AP / Johnson Lai)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, February 12, 2016 10:45PM EST
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The death toll in a powerful earthquake that struck Taiwan's oldest city of Tainan a week ago has risen to 109 with at least nine missing.
In the latest update Saturday morning by Taiwan's Interior Ministry, all but two of the dead were pulled from the ruins of the collapsed Weiguan Golden Dragon residential complex, a 17-story building.
At least nine are believed to be missing and presumed trapped under the rubble.
Authorities detained the building's developer Lin Ming-hui and two architects this week on suspicion of negligent homicide amid accusations his firm cut corners in the construction.
Tainan city officials say they will inspect several dozen other developments built by Lin, as well as other buildings in the Weiguan compound that did not collapse.