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Taiwanese woman stable after being hurt in Shanghai stampede

Taiwanese woman stable after being hurt in Shanghai stampede

Shanghai, Jan. 2 (CNA) The condition of a Taiwanese woman who was among the dozens injured in a New Year's Eve stampede in Shanghai has stabilized, Chinese authorities said Friday. The victim, Lee Yu-yun, was able to begin eating after her condition improved, according to officials with the Shanghai municipal government's Taiwan office. Lee, 24, was rushed to the hospital after being injured in the incident during New Year's celebrations in Shanghai's historic waterfront area late Wednesday. She attended the festivities with two other Taiwanese women, colleagues of hers at an accounting firm in Taiwan. They were on a business trip to the Chinese city. Lee's colleague Chou Yi-an, 23, was one of the 36 people who died in the stampede. Chou's family has arrived in Shanghai to deal with the aftermath of her death. The other Taiwanese woman, 23-year-old Chen Chiu-hsuan, has been discharged from the hospital. The stampede left 36 dead and 49 injured, including 13 who sustained serious injuries, according to Shanghai authorities in their latest statement on the casualties. Most of those who died were below 30, with the youngest being only 12 years old, the authorities said. The local government also said it has hired six medical experts to help treat the injured. Following the deadly incident, many people have visited the venue to lay down flowers to mourn the dead. The cause of the incident remains unclear and is still being investigated. Rumors have surfaced on the Internet that the crush started when some in the crowd rushed to grab what they thought was money being tossed from a nearby building, but Shanghai police have rejected the idea, Chinese media reported. They said surveillance video showed some slivers of paper falling to the ground after the stampede occurred. (By Kao Chao-fen, Chou Hui-ying and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-28 03:57 GMT+08:00