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Water park disaster donations top NT$1.49 billion

Water park disaster donations top NT$1.49 billion

Taipei, July 24 (CNA) Money donated to help the victims of an explosion at a New Taipei water park had reached more than NT$1.49 billion (US$47.65 million) as of Friday morning, according to the Social Welfare Department of the New Taipei city government.
A special relief account set up following the June 27 explosion has continued to receive donations from around the world, including US$155,600 from the Council of Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce in Vietnam and NT$3 million from the Taipei branch of China Construction Bank, a Chinese state-owned commercial bank.
Liu Mei-te, head of the Council of Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce in Vietnam, said that members of the council have always cared about Taiwanese society.
Since the water park disaster happened, Liu said, the council began to collect donations and the drive met with an enthusiastic response.
Li Guofu, general manager of the Taipei branch of China Construction Bank, said that the donation made by his office was to reciprocate the money given by the Taiwanese people and the teams of rescue workers and volunteers who went to Sichuan to help following a devastating earthquake in 2008.
According to statistics compiled by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, as of Thursday, nine people had died of their injuries sustained in the explosion and 343 people were still being treated at various hospitals around Taiwan.
Of those who remained hospitalized, 213 were in intensive care units and 162 of them were listed in critical condition.
Nearly 500 people -- mostly in their teens and 20s -- attending a party at the Formosa Fun Coast water park 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 Justin Su and Tung Ning)


Updated : 2021-09-25 15:28 GMT+08:00