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Sunday, September 26, 1999 Published at 12:55 GMT 13:55 UK


World: Asia-Pacific

Picture gallery: An extraordinary rescue



Quake in Taiwan
Two brothers have been pulled alive from the rubble of a building in Taipei - five days after Taiwan's devastating earthquake. After his extraordinary rescue, Sun Chi-kwang, a 20-year-old engineering student, relaxes in a Taipei hospital.


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His brother, Sun Chi-feng, still shows the stress of living for five days without adequate food or drink.


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The mayor of Taipei, Ma Ying-jeou, said the brothers had survived by eating rotten apples from a refrigerator buried with them, and drinking their own urine.


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After days of darkness under the rubble, the rescuers shade Kwang's eyes from the glare of daylight.


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The brothers' father said: "I've been waiting for this moment - I haven't slept since the disaster."


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The brothers' rescue has given the Taiwanese people some badly-needed good news after days of grief and deprivation.




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