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Search for the missing goes on following mixed news from site

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Up to 700 rescue workers continued their efforts in Kaohsiung yesterday, with search dogs prompting rescue workers to concentrate their efforts at a section of Kaisyuan Road at around 4 p.m.

Two city fire department officers are still missing.

With the search dog's intense barking, rescue workers conducted a thorough search in the area, but as of press time, no good news has been reported regarding the missing officers. Bulldozers were being mobilized in the rescue effort.

There was some positive news, however. A person who has been reported missing called home yesterday. The person, surnamed Huang, rents an apartment on Kaisyuan Road near the explosion sites. He had been out of touch with his family for months and had not returned calls since the gas explosions that occurred on July 31, his sister told reporters.

Huang's family posted his photo on Facebook, enlisting others' help to find him. Huang called home after yesterday local media reported his family's efforts.

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A search dog surveys the ground for signs of life in Kaohsiung, yesterday. Two officers from the city fire department are still missing. They were the focus of yesterday's rescue efforts. The dogs prompted rescue workers to begin digging at a particular site at around 4 p.m., but there were no findings as of press time.

(CNA)

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