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Two Taiwanese survivors of Shanghai stampede return home

Two Taiwanese survivors of Shanghai stampede return home

Taipei, Jan. 3 (CNA) Two Taiwanese women who were among the dozens injured in the New Year's Eve stampede in Shanghai that left 36 dead returned home Saturday evening. Lee Yu-yun, 24, and Chen Chiu-hsuan, 23, wore surgical masks to hide their faces and didn't respond to reporters' questions about their conditions as they arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 6:10 p.m. Lee was put on a stretcher and taken away in an ambulance. The two had been at Shanghai's waterfront district for a New Year's celebration along with coworker Chou Yi-an, 23, who died in the chaos that broke out. Chou's family arrived in Shanghai Thursday night to deal with her affairs. Family members headed to the Bund area to hold a mourning ritual and have reportedly decided to ship her body back to Taiwan. The three were in Shanghai on a business trip for their employer, accounting firm Ernst & Young. Immediately after the stampede, Lee and Chen were rushed to the hospital. Chen left early Thursday morning after undergoing an examination, but Lee, who suffered more serious injuries, was not discharged until Saturday morning. The nature of their injuries could not be confirmed. The two, accompanied by Shanghai officials and representative of a Taiwanese business association, boarded a plane home in the afternoon from Shanghai Pudong International Airport. It is still unclear what caused the stampede that injured 47 people. Chinese official media has blamed "sluggish vigilance" by Shanghai authorities. (By Kao Chao-fen, Chiu Chun-an and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-21 07:38 GMT+08:00