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Death toll of fiery explosion at water park rises to 9

Death toll of fiery explosion at water park rises to 9

Taipei, July 23 (CNA) The death toll of a fiery explosion at a water park in New Taipei nearly a month ago increased to nine Thursday, with more than 160 of the nearly 500 wounded still listed in critical condition. Lu Kuan-ting (???), a 19-year-old college freshman, was pronounced dead in the early morning at Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital despite the medical team's efforts to save his life. He died of sepsis and multiple organ failure, doctors said. Doctors of the hospital said at a press conference that Lu's family agreed to donate the young man's corneas following his death after seeing his condition deteriorate and infection get out of control on July 19. Lu had third to fourth-degree burns to 80 percent of his body. He also had inhalation injury to his lungs. According to statistics kept by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, 343 people were still being treated in 42 hospitals around Taiwan as of Thursday. As many as 213 were in intensive care units and 162 of them were critically ill. Nearly 500 people -- mostly in their teens and 20s -- attending a party at Formosa Fun Coast water park on June 27 were injured when large amounts of cornstarch powder thrown at the party ignited, presumably because of a lighted cigarette or heat generated by the sound or lighting equipment used at the event. The cause of the explosion is still being investigated. (By Chiu Chun-chin, Ken Chao and Tung Ning)


Updated : 2021-09-26 06:20 GMT+08:00