Body of missing Filipina in Taiwan quake found


Posted at Feb 08 2018 06:35 PM | Updated as of Feb 08 2018 08:03 PM

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MANILA (2ND UPDATE) - The body of a Filipino woman who went missing following the magnitude 6.4 quake that rattled Taiwan Tuesday has been retrieved, the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) said Thursday.

Melody Albano Castro, 28, of Abulug, Cagayan province was found dead in the rubble of a building in quake-hit Hualien, MECO Chairman Lito Banayo told ABS-CBN News.

She had been working as a caretaker in the city in Taiwan's east coast. Philippine labor officials reached the site for search operations on Wednesday. 

"It is really sad because we were hoping against hope that she would be able to survive," said Banayo.

All other Filipinos in Taiwan have been accounted for and none were hurt, he said.

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Banayo said MECO staff and the labor attaché are coordinating with local police and health officials for Castro's body to be returned to her family.

He said there might still be an autopsy to determine the actual cause of Castro's death, but this would not take too long.

MECO and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration will lend assistance to her bereaved family, said Banayo.

At least 10 people were killed in the quake that struck the coastal city before midnight on Tuesday. The incident also injured 265 people while about 9 remain missing. -- with a report from Reuters