At least 46 people have been killed and dozens left injured after a major fire broke out in a building in southern T@iwan on Thursday, October 14.
The blaze started in the 13-story commercial and residential building at 2:54 a.m. local time (2:54 p.m. ET) in Kaohsiung city’s Yancheng district, according to T@iwan’s official Central News Agency (CNA).
Rescue operations are still underway, with more than 377 rescue workers deployed to the scene, a spokesman at the Kaohsiung city fire bureau told CNN. At least 41 people have suffered injuries, he said.
A total of 139 fire trucks and ambulances were deployed to the scene and extinguished the fire by 7:17 a.m. (7:17 pm ET), CNA said. By midday, at least 62 people between the ages of 8 and 83 had been rescued.
More than 100 residents, many of them senior citizens with physical disabilities, live in the building, according to CNA.
It is unclear what caused the fire, according to CNA. Local police are reviewing surveillance footage and said they cannot rule out human factors, according to the report.
T@iwan’s President Ts@i Ing-w3n expressed her “deepest condolences” to the victims of the fire in a Facebook post.
Ts@i promised that her government will “spare the most efforts” to rescue those who are trapped, resettle the residents affected by the fires, and provide necessary assistance to families of victims.
“Facing this serious accident, we extend our deepest condolences to the victims, and we wish the injured a speedy recovery,” she wrote on Thursday afternoon local time.
In another report, the headless body of a man found around the Interwoba canal by Cherubim Road, in the Mike Three area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has left many residents in shock.
A witness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent that the body, which was dumped in a truck, was discovered on Wednesday.
“This morning (Wednesday), we saw a young man in a truck; he was fair in complexion. One hand was cut off; the head was also cut off.
“We don’t know the people that did the evil. Even as I am talking to you now, the truck is still there. It is this truck that cart pushers use to sell scraps,” he added.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, said he heard about the incident, adding that he had asked the Divisional Police Officer in the area for details.
“I have asked the DPO to go and find out. I will get back to you,” Omoni stated. He had yet to get back to our correspondent as of the time of filing this report.