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Donations continue to pour in for aid explosion victims

Donations continue to pour in for aid explosion victims

Taipei, June 30 (CNA) Donations continued to flood in Tuesday to help the victims of a fiery explosion last weekend that claimed the life of a 20-year-old girl and left nearly 500 others injured. One of the largest donations -- NT$100 million (US$3.24 million) -- came from Wan Hai Lines, a major shipping company to which Formosa Fun Coast (????) Water Park, which the incident took place, is connected. Formosa Fun Coast is a minor shareholder of Wan Hai Lines and the two companies share the same chairman. The water park, where partygoers were doused in cloud of fine cornstarch powder that suddenly exploded into a fireball, has been shut down indefinitely. Other major donations included those pledged by Formosa Plastics Group (NT$30 million), Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group (NT$25 million), Cathay Financial Holdings (NT$20 million) and Fubon Financial Holdings (NT$20 million). Enterprises fully or partly owned by the government will donate another NT$61 million, said the Ministry of Finance. Those donations came after money already pledged since the start of the week and more looks certain to follow as Taiwan's four major convenience store chains will begin to collect donations from the public. New Taipei City Government opened a bank account Monday for donations for the explosion victims. Starting 2 p.m. Tuesday, people can wire their donations to the bank account at the chain stores countrywide without having to pay the service charge. The Formosa Fun Coast water park is situated in New Taipei in northern Taiwan. With more than 200 of the injured being students -- mainly at colleges and high schools -- Education Minister Wu Se-hwa (???) has asked the schools close to the hospitals, in which the injured students were admitted, to open dormitories for the patients' family members from other areas. The ministry is also considering to recruit students studying nursing as volunteers, providing health care services to the burn patients since burns need time to treat and such patients may be kept in the hospital for at least two months. The Howard Taipei hotel, which neighbors several hospitals currently treating the explosion victims, announced it will offer 10 to 20 rooms for the victims' family members to use for free. Free lodging is also available at Forte Hotel's Linsen branch in downtown Taipei and the intern hotel run by Hungkuang University in Taichung. (By Jay Chen and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-20 15:44 GMT+08:00