Search continues for missing in Taiwan earthquake; death toll reaches 40

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A young girl is rescued from a collapsed building after an earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) A young girl is rescued from a collapsed building after an earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Taiwan authorities said there are still more than 100 people trapped in the collapsed building and the search continues for the missing. China’s President Xi Jinping also conveyed condolences on Sunday to the victims of the earthquake that struck southern Taiwan early Saturday.

The 6.7-magnitude quake hit Kaohsiung, Taiwan at 3:57 a.m., two days before the Chinese Spring Festival, At least 40 people are confirmed dead, but authorities say the death toll is likely be far greater. Among the 40 confirmed dead, were 14 are students. The youngest victim was a 10-day-old newborn, according to local authorities.

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Emergency rescue workers attend survivor Lee Tsung-tien after being rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building complex in Tainan, Taiwan, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Two survivors - one found shielded under the body of her husband - were pulled out alive from a toppled high-rise apartment building on Monday, two days after a powerful quake. (AP Photo) TAIWAN OUT
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Rescue workers search a collapsed building from an early morning earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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Rescue workers carry 28-year-old Vietnamese woman identified as Chen Mei-jih, rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building complex to a waiting ambulance in Tainan, Taiwan, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. More than 100 people are believed to still be under the debris in a powerful quake that struck on Saturday, Feb. 6, during the most important family holiday in the Chinese calendar — the Lunar New Year.(AP Photo) TAIWAN OUT
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As night falls, emergency rescue workers continue to search the rubble of a collapsed building complex in Tainan, Taiwan, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. More than 100 people are believed to still be under the debris in a powerful quake that struck on Saturday, Feb. 6, during the most important family holiday in the Chinese calendar — the Lunar New Year.(AP Photo) TAIWAN OUT
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A recovered wedding portrait is propped up at the search and rescue staging area of a collapsed building complex in Tainan, Taiwan, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. More than 100 people are believed to still be under the debris in a powerful quake that struck on Saturday, Feb. 6, during the most important family holiday in the Chinese calendar — the Lunar New Year.(AP Photo) TAIWAN OUT
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Rescue workers carry a 28-year-old Vietnamese woman, identified as Chen Mei-jih, rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building complex in Tainan, Taiwan, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. More than 100 people are believed to still be under the debris in a powerful quake that struck on Saturday, Feb. 6, during the most important family holiday in the Chinese calendar — the Lunar New Year. (AP Photo)
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As night falls, emergency rescue workers continue to search the rubble of a collapsed building complex in Tainan, Taiwan, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. More than 100 people are believed to still be under the debris in a disaster that struck during the most important family holiday in the Chinese calendar — the Lunar New Year. (AP Photo)
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In this Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, photo, a rescue worker stands near tin cans exposed in the cement structure of the collapsed building complex in Tainan, Taiwan. More than 100 people are believed to be still buried in the collapsed building from a disaster that struck during the most important family holiday in the Chinese calendar — the Lunar New Year holiday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana
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In this Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, photo, tin cans are exposed in the cement structure of the collapsed building complex in Tainan, Taiwan. More than 100 people are believed to be still buried in the collapsed building from a disaster that struck during the most important family holiday in the Chinese calendar — the Lunar New Year holiday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana
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Emergency rescue workers continue to search a collapsed building complex in Tainan, Taiwan, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. More than 100 people are believed to be still buried in the collapsed building from a disaster that struck during the most important family holiday in the Chinese calendar — the Lunar New Year holiday. (AP Photo/Gladys Tsai)
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Tibetan monks pray for the missing persons said to be still inside the collapsed building complex in Tainan, Taiwan, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Rescuers on Sunday found signs of live within the remains of a high-rise residential building that collapsed in a powerful, shallow earthquake in southern Taiwan that killed over a dozen people and injured hundreds. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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Local aid workers comfort a man at a temple across from a collapsed building complex in Tainan, Taiwan, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Rescuers on Sunday found signs of live within the remains of a high-rise residential building that collapsed in a powerful, shallow earthquake in southern Taiwan that killed over a dozen people and injured hundreds. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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Emergency rescuers remove a body found in a collapsed building from an earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Rescuers on Sunday found signs of live within the remains of the high-rise residential building that collapsed in a powerful, shallow earthquake in southern Taiwan that killed over a dozen people and injured hundreds. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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Emergency rescuers continue to search for missing in a collapsed building from an earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Rescuers on Sunday found signs of live within the remains of the high-rise residential building that collapsed in a powerful, shallow earthquake in southern Taiwan that killed over a dozen people and injured hundreds. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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A woman is rescued from a collapsed building complex after an early morning earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan early Saturday, toppling at least one high-rise residential building and trapping people inside. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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Rescue teams search for the missing in a collapsed building from an early morning earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Saturday evening, Feb. 6, 2016. A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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Rescue teams search for the missing in a collapsed building from an early morning earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Saturday evening, Feb. 6, 2016. A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, rescuers search for survivors at a quake site in Tainan, Taiwan Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday. (Zhang Guojun/Xinhua via AP) NO SALES
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A damaged building stands following an earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday. (AP Photo/Gladys Tsai)
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Rescue workers search a collapsed building from an early morning earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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A rescue worker in a bucket hanging from a crane searches a collapsed building from an early morning earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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Rescue workers search a collapsed building from an early morning earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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Rescue workers search a collapsed building from an early morning earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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A baby boy is rescued from a collapsed building after an earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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A young girl is rescued from a collapsed building after an earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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In this Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 photo, a baby boy is rescued from a collapsed building after an earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan. A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana, File)
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In this Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 photo, rescue workers search a collapsed building from an early morning earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan. A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana, File)

Thirty-eight of the victims lost their lives when the Wei Guan building in Yongkang District of Tainan City collapsed. A woman and a man in their 40s were rescued Monday and sent to local hospitals for treatment. The man may have to receive amputations for his injuries.

Rescue operations are being carried out carefully to avoid damage to the building’s structure and cause a secondary collapse, a local fire department official said. Rescuers said they have identified several other signs of life inside the building and are searching through the rubble for more survivors.

Large machinery, including excavators, have not been used yet and will not be until the rescue operation has been deemed to enter the crucial phase.

The local meteorological department has so far registered 64 aftershocks.

“We’re deeply concerned about the disaster situation. We express deepest sympathies to Taiwan compatriots affected by the quake and convey condolences to victims,” Xi said in a statement.

“Compatriots across the Taiwan Strait are one family whose blood is thicker than water, and we would like to provide assistance in all aspects.”

The National Health and Family Planning Commission and the China Earthquake Administration said on Sunday that they are ready to send rescue and medical teams to the island. A civil rescue team from the mainland reached the earthquake-hit areas on Sunday.

The counties of Beichuan and Lushan in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, which dealt with a devastating earthquake in 2008, promised to donate one million yuan ($152,200) to the Taiwan Red Cross to aid victims in the Taiwan earthquake. Those counties received support from Taiwan immediately following the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

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