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Australians missing as Taiwan earthquake death toll hits 12 [Video]

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Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs is working to determine the fate of two Australians reported missing after Taiwan’s worst earthquake in 25 years.

They are among three foreigners, including a Canadian, who remain unaccounted for as rescuers face further landslides and rockfalls in their search for 13 people still missing from Wednesday’s quake, as the death toll rose to 12.

Searchers discovered two more bodies after Wednesday’s quake of magnitude 7.2 struck the sparsely populated, largely rural eastern county of Hualien, stranding hundreds in a national park as boulders barrelled down mountains, cutting off roads.

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As some 50 aftershocks rattled the area overnight, some felt as far away as Taipei, rescuers said about 400 people cut off in a luxury hotel in the Taroko Gorge National Park were safe, with helicopters ferrying out the injured and bringing supplies.

“Rain increases the risks of rockfalls and landslides, which are currently the …

Hon Tony Abbott in conversation with Brian Lee Crowley / MLI
Hon Tony Abbott in conversation with Brian Lee Crowley / MLI
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