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NT$1 billion received to help water park blast victims: New Taipei

NT$1 billion received to help water park blast victims: New Taipei

Taipei, July 8 (CNA) Over NT$1.03 billion (US$33.21 billion) has been donated to help people suffering from severe burns sustained in dust explosions at the Formosa Fun Coast water park in New Taipei on June 27, the municipal government said Wednesday.
As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, a total of NT$1,031,608,370 in donations had been collected in a special account created by New Taipei to help people who were injured in the flames triggered by the blasts and their families, according to the city's figures.
To ensure the funds are used to help the burn victims, the city has established a committee to supervise the account consisting of representatives of the victims' families, the Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation, the Consumers' Foundation and the Taiwan Society for Burn Injuries and Wound Healing, according to New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu.
The city is also working to coordinate the allocation of medical manpower and resources to help the burn victims recover, Chu added.
Also Wednesday, New Taipei Agriculture Department Director Liao Jung-ching said the department and several farmers' associations around the city will donate nearly NT$70,000 they earned from selling green bamboo shoots to a special account for the victims.
Liao said the department and farmers' associations held a green bamboo shoots trade fair on July 4, and some farmers who sold their produce at the fair decided to donate the proceeds and some of their own money to the special account.
According to statistics released by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, a total of 495 people suffered severe burns while attending the Color Asia Party at the venue when colored powder suddenly exploded and burst into flames.
Three of those injured have died, and as of Wednesday at noon, 424 people remained hospitalized, with 281 of them in intensive care units. A total of 225 were listed in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the 495 victims suffered an average burn size of 44 percent of their bodies, with 248 sustaining burns to more than 40 percent of their bodies, including 22 who suffered burns to more than 80 percent of their bodies.
Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is importing 700,038 square centimeters of cadaver skin to treat the victims, of which 245,598 square cm has arrived. It has plans to import another 800,000 square centimeters of skin in the future. (By Justin Su, Lung Pei-ning, Kelven Huang and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-20 07:39 GMT+08:00