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New Taipei mulls giving donations to water park blast victims

New Taipei mulls giving donations to water park blast victims

Taipei, July 8 (CNA) The New Taipei government may use some of the donations it has received to help burn victims of explosions at a water park on June 27 as living stipends for the families of some of the victims.
The move is being considered to compensate burn victim family members who have taken unpaid leave from work to look after their loved ones, a New Taipei spokesman said.
Civil servants have already been allowed to take 20 days of paid leave to care for family members injured in dust explosions at the Formosa Fun Coast water park in New Taipei on June 27.
The city government had previously provided living allowance for all burn victims regardless of their nationality.
As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, a total of NT$1,031,608,370 (US$33.21 million) in donations had been collected in a special account created by New Taipei to help people who suffered severe burns in the flames triggered by the blasts and their families, according to the city's figures.
A committee to supervise the account consisting of representatives of the victims' families, donors, the city government, accountants, lawyers and several non-profit and non-governmental organizations will hold a meeting soon to discuss standards for distribute financial assistance, the spokesman said.
Discussion of the standards will cover help to family members of victims on unpaid leave, the spokesman said. (By Sunrise Huang and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-17 23:40 GMT+08:00