Wa­ter park ex­plo­sion claims the life of 20-year-old woman

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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