Taipei, June 28 (CNA)
The number of people injured in a dust explosion in New Taipei Saturday was revised downward to 498 from an earlier figure of 524, according to the latest statistics released late Sunday by the Public Health Department of the New Taipei city government.
As of 6 p.m., the 498 injured were being treated at 43 hospitals around Taiwan, the department said, explaining that some of the injured were counted twice after being transferred from one hospital to another.
Among those injured, 202 remained in serious conditions, the department said.
The revised statistics show that among the injured, 485 are Taiwanese nationals, seven come from China (including four from Hong Kong and one from Macao), and six are from other countries. Mainland Affairs Council spokeswoman Wu Mei-hung,however, said Sunday evening that among the seven injured from China, five are from Hong Kong and the other two are from the mainland.
The six foreigners include one from Malaysia, one from Singapore, and one from Japan. The nationalities of the other three have so far not been confirmed, the New Taipei city department said.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare's tallies are also different from the city department's.
By 9:00 p.m., the ministry said, a total of 524 people have been sent to 41 hospitals for injuries sustained from the dust explosion. Of the 524, 430 are remaining in hospitals, the ministry said.
The two sets of government tallies are also different on the number of foreigners, with the ministry saying that in addition to seven mainland Chinese (including those from Hong Kong), nine "foreign nationals" are hospitalized. It did not break down these foreigners'nationalities.
Meanwhile, a Kyodo News report said two Japanese travelers were injured in the accident at Formosa Fun Coast Water Park in New Taipei's Bali District.
The report said that one of the two has been admitted to Linkou Chang Gung Hospital, while the other is being treated at Taipei Municipal Wanfang Hospital.
The Wanfang hospital told the Japanese news service that it admitted one injured person with a Japanese name. The hospital was unwilling to disclose how badly the patient was injured, the report said, noting that the patient's nationality has not yet been confirmed. (By Sunrise Huang, Wang Hung-kuo and Elizabeth Hsu)
Taipei, June 28 (CNA)