Taiwan’s Ambassador to St Lucia, Douglas C.T. Shen say St Lucians living in the south-east Asian country are safe following a devastating earthquake that has claimed the lives of at least ten people and left more than 270 injured. At least seven people are reported still missing.
The 6.4 magnitude quake struck the eastern city of Hualien just before midnight on Tuesday Taiwan time, toppling buildings and damaging roads.
Ambassador Shen said the rescue efforts are made more difficult given that it’s winter in Taiwan.
There are 92 St Lucians currently living in Taiwan according to Taiwan’s National Immigration Agency.
The majority are students on Taiwan government funded scholarships.
Two St Lucians are registered as living in Hualien, according to data on the agency’s website.
“For the students from St Lucia, I would like to let you know they are all safe,” Ambassador Shen said. “Although they suffer a little bit scared (sic) but they are all safe and I can let their family know don’t worry,” he added.
Ambassador Shen expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, who he said, called one hour after the earthquake struck to express his concerns.
Prime Minister Chastanet also called Taiwanese Foreign Minister David Lee extends his regards on the devastation.
Taiwan experiences frequent earthquakes although most of them are minor.