2 Filipinos injured, no Filipino casualties reported in Taiwan quake — DFA

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  • At least five people were confirmed dead after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Tainan city in Taiwan on Saturday (February 6). More than 200 people have been rescued, most of them from a 17-story residential building that collapsed.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines)  — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in Taipei confirmed there are no Filipino casualties reported so far following the 6.4-magnitude quake that hit Tainan, Taiwan on Saturday (February 6).

But two Filipina women working in a factory near Tainan sustained minor injuries, DFA spokesman Asec. Charles Jose and MECO Director Atty. Mario Molina told CNN Philippines in separate phone interviews.

"I think during the course of the quake they were hit by some debris but these are minor and they have been taken care of," Molina said.

The officials said the injured Filipinos are now back in their dormitory after being treated in a hospital.

They added they cannot disclose the victims' names because their family members in the Philippines have to be notified first.

At least five people died from the quake, Taiwan's Disaster Response Center said. More than 200 people have been rescued, most of them from a 17-story residential building that collapsed, officials told CNN.

More than a hundred rescuers are on the scene.

There are 60 apartments in that building and it's still unclear as to why many were trapped inside, Li Bomin, an official from Tainan City Fire Department, told CNN.

Molina said authorities are currently looking into the situation of Filipino caregivers and nationals who are married to Taiwanese and are residing in Taiwan.

Jose said Philippine authorities are in constant communication with the Taiwanese government to ascertain the situation of Filipinos there.

OFW in Tainan: ‘Quake too strong’

Jonalee Ann Esteva, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Tainan, told CNN Philippines she was in her dormitory at around 4:00 a.m. on Saturday when the quake occurred.

She said the quake was too strong, adding people in Tainan are used to experiencing only up to magnitude-4 earthquakes.

There was no damage in the house she is staying in, but she said she and her companions were “too shocked.”

She also said she could not reach Philippine authorities for help because there is no Philippine embassy in Taiwan, and she is an hour away from the MECO.