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Group urges monitoring for stress disorder following plane crash

Group urges monitoring for stress disorder following plane crash

Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) The Lifeline Association in Kinmen urged Saturday that attention be paid to potential post trauma stress disorder (PTSD) among people living in Kinmen County in the wake of a TransAsia Airways plane crash on Feb. 4. The plane, carrying 53 passengers and five crew members, crashed into a river in Taipei on Wednesday shortly after it took off from Taipei's Songshan Airport en route to Kinmen. As of 5 p.m. Saturday, 15 people survived the crash, 40 people were confirmed dead, and three remained unaccounted for. Of the 58 people aboard the plane, 10 were from Kinmen and four of them survived. The association said Kinmen is a close-knit island, and the crash victims could easily have been local residents' family members, neighbors, relatives or friends. Constant replays on television of video of the crash site and the plane's wing clipping an overpass before plunging to the ground have triggered panic attacks and caused some people to have trouble sleeping at night, symptoms typical of PTSD, the group said. The association asked the county government and civic and religious groups to pool their resources and support the residents or provide emotional outlets to keep their stress disorder to a minimum. About 120,000 people are registered as residents of Kinmen County, but only about half that number permanently reside in the county.
(By Huang Hui-min and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-27 11:43 GMT+08:00