Water park explosion claims the life of 20-year-old woman
One of the seriously injured in the dust explosion last Saturday — 20-year-old Lee Pei-yun (
) — died at Chung Shan Medical University Hospital (
) in Taichung after being taken off a ventilator Monday morning.
The dust explosion at a water park in New Taipei, the worst disaster of its kind in Taiwan’s history, claimed its first victim Monday, while dozens of others who were injured in the disaster were still fighting for their lives, doctors and officials said.
Lee, 20, suffered seconddegree burns over 90 percent of her body.
Her younger brother also sustained burns to 90 percent of his body when a heavy concentration of fine corn dust ignited at the “Color Play Asia” party late Saturday.
The boy, who has recently graduated from elementary school, is being treated at a hospital in Taipei City.
According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare ( ), 498 people were injured in the explosion and are being treated at 42 hospitals around the country. Among them, 202 are listed as in serious condition.
As of 9 a.m. Monday, there were 439 people still in hospital after a fire Saturday at a water park in New Taipei, and 211 were in intensive care units, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
The ministry’s records show that 499 people had been injured in the fire, which broke out when a flammable powder apparently exploded at about 8: 30 p. m. Saturday during a stage performance at Formosa Fun Coast Water Park ( New Taipei’s Bali District.
The injured, including the 211 intensive care patients, were being treated at 48 different hospitals in Keelung, Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Hsinchu, Changhua and Kaohsiung, the statistics showed.
Meanwhile, statistics from the Ministry of Education on Monday indicated that 224 students and one high school teacher had been injured in the accident, the worst disaster of its kind in Taiwan’s history.
The ministry said 151 of the students were from colleges, 71 from secondary schools, and one from elementary school.
Among the injured students, 135 were in serious or critical condition, according to the education ministry.
A parent pleads to the public in front of local media in Taipei, yesterday. The father explained that they had already lost their daughter in the Saturday color dust fire, and hoped that their son would not succumb to his injuries. The incident left hundreds with severe burns, the majority of whom are receiving treatment in numerous hospitals in the Taipei area.