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Death toll from water park dust blast rises to 13

Death toll from water park dust blast rises to 13

Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) A 20-year-old man perished Wednesday due to severe burns and infection after being badly injured in a dust explosion and ensuing flash fire at a water park in New Taipei in late June, bringing the death toll from the tragedy to 13. Wang Wei-po (???) died of cardiac failure at Taipei Veterans General Hospital after becoming infected with bacterial pneumonia in mid-October, the hospital said. The patient is the son of Tang Mei-na (???), former spokeswoman for the Committee of Family Members of Dust Explosion Victims. He was sent to the emergency center of the Taipei hospital June 27, when he was diagnosed with burns to 70 percent of his body, as well as inhalation injuries. On June 28, Wang underwent an emergency escharotomy, a surgical incision into a burn scar intended to lessen its pull on the surrounding tissue, on all four limbs, according to the hospital. In the following four months of treatment, the patient developed multiple complications including wound infections, pneumonia, bacteremia, septic shock and kidney failure, the hospital said. Wang was among the nearly 500 victims from the June 27 incident at the Formosa Fun Coast water park (????). The disaster occurred when colored cornstarch powder dispensed into the crowd exploded, engulfing partygoers, most of them in their teens and 20s, in a wall of fire. Taipei Veterans General Hospital said it took 43 victims after the accident, including six who had sustained burns to more than 80 percent of their bodies. As of Wednesday, 44 victims of the water park explosion remained hospitalized, including 11 being treated at intensive care wards, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said. Nine patients remain in critical condition, the ministry said. (By Lung Pei-ning and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-23 17:42 GMT+08:00