Taiwan earthquake: 'Missing' Indians safe, says MEA

Search ops still going on in Taiwan for missing people

Taiwan earthquake missing indians MEA spokeperson Randhir Jaiswal | ANI

The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said they have established contact with the two Indians reported missing following the Taiwan earthquake. 

"As per our information, two persons, we were not able to establish contact in the wake of the earthquake there (in Taiwan). But now, we have established contact and they are safe," said Randhir Jaiswal, MEA spokesperson during the weekly briefing. 

The two Indian nations--a man and a woman--were last seen in Taiwan's Taroko Gorge, an area close to the quake's epicentre.

Taiwan's strongest earthquake in 25 years has shaken the country killing 10 people so far and injuring over 1,000. Search operations resumed in the quake-hit nation on Thursday as several were reported missing after buildings collapsed in regions including Hualien. 

According to Taiwan's fire department, around 50 people were reported missing. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed grief following the quake. "Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to earthquakes in Taiwan today. Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured. We stand in solidarity with the resilient people of Taiwan as they endure the aftermath and recover from it," he posted on X.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday thanked Modi for his support. 

The India Taipei Association issued an advisory for Indians in Taiwan and shared helpline numbers. "We sincerely pray for the speedy recovery of those injured and stand ready with the people of Taiwan during these difficult times #IslandOfResilience," it added.


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