‘All her skin was gone’: mother dis­traught over daugh­ter’s or­deal

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The pow­der ex­plo­sion at Formosa Fun Coast Wa­ter Park in New Taipei Satur­day has in­jured over 500 peo­ple, most of them in their teens and 20s, and has left many par­ents dis­traught and heart­bro­ken.

The mother of 17- year- old Hsueh Ming-chuan said her se­verely burned daugh­ter was ly­ing on an in­flat­able boat in the wa­ter park when she found her, over an hour af­ter the ex­plo­sion.

“All her skin was gone. Her hands were shak­ing ... and she kept call­ing for me,” the vis­i­bly dis­traught mother told lo­cal re­porters Sun­day.

Hsueh’s or­deal was shared by many who at­tended a party at the wa­ter park that night, when col­ored corn starch that was sprayed onto the crowd ex­ploded, en­gulf­ing par­ty­go­ers in fire. In­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing to de­ter­mine the cause of the ex­plo­sion.

Be­cause of the large num­ber of in­jured peo­ple, many had to wait for hours be­fore they could get into an am­bu­lance.

The fa­ther of teenager Chu Li broke down in tears as he de­scribed his daugh­ter’s in­juries.

“She is in the in­ten­sive care unit at the mo­ment. She suf­fered third-de­gree burns over 80 per­cent of her body,” he said.

“Her whole body is ‘ rot­ten’ and she is dis­fig­ured. She just turned 18,” the heart­bro­ken fa­ther said.

Chu, a taxi driver, said his daugh­ter told him that she was go­ing to the wa­ter park, and when he heard about the ex­plo­sion on the ra­dio he had a bad feel­ing.

He said he tried to call his daugh­ter af­ter see­ing her name on the list of in­jured, and when she did not an­swer his calls, “I knew it must be her,” Chu sobbed.

He said no one from ei­ther the or­ga­niz­ers or the gov­ern­ment had con­tacted his fam­ily in the wake of the in­ci­dent.

“No one has ex­pressed care,” he said.

A young man who wit­nessed the tragedy told re­porters that the scene of the ex­plo­sion “was like hell.”

“Ev­ery­one was scream­ing and there was blood ev­ery­where. The wa­ter­way (used for in­flat­able boat rides) was filled with blood be­cause ev­ery­one was dip­ping them­selves in it,” as they at­tempted to soothe their burns, he said.

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