For­eign diplo­mats do­nate over wa­ter park tragedy

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

For­eign diplo­matic corps in Tai­wan yesterday do­nated NT$100,000 to as­sist the vic­tims of a large-scale dust ex­plo­sion and flash fire that in­jured nearly 500 peo­ple in New Taipei in June.

In a cer­e­mony held yesterday at the For­eign Min­istry in Taipei, Lud­wig Dowong Keke, Nauru’s am­bas­sador to Tai­wan and head of the diplo­matic corps, made the do­na­tion on be­half of the diplo­matic mis­sions in the R. O. C.

“The do­na­tion is to show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion and our con­cern for the wel­fare for all the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies in­volved in the tragedy,” Keke said in his ad­dress.

“The do­na­tion rep­re­sents our feel­ings, our thoughts and kind ges­tures to the peo­ple. We would like to ex­press sin­cere con­do­lences for those who passed away and our sym­pa­thy for those suf­fer­ing,” he added.

Ac­cept­ing the do­na­tion on be­half of the gov­ern­ment, For­eign Min­is­ter David Lin (

) ex­pressed grat­i­tude over the “ges­ture of friend­ship.”

Lin thanked the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for the as­sis­tance they pro­vided to Tai­wan fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent that oc­curred on June 27 at Formosa Fun Coast wa­ter park.

Nearly 500 peo­ple at­tend­ing a col­ored pow­der party were in­jured when large amounts of corn­starch pow­der thrown dur­ing the party ig­nited.

The tragedy has so far claimed the lives of 10 party- go­ers while a to­tal of 281 pa­tients are still be­ing hos­pi­tal­ized, Lin said.

Many coun­tries have of­fered as­sis­tance to Tai­wan fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, in­clud­ing Nether­lands when its Euro Tis­sue Bank do­nated ca­daver skin to help Tai­wan treat peo­ple who suf­fered se­vere burns, Lin said.

Also, Ja­panese and Amer­i­can doc­tors per­son­ally flew to Tai­wan to of­fer what med­i­cal as­sis­tance they could to Tai­wanese pa­tients, he said.

The money will be given to the Min­istry of Health and Wel­fare’s spe­cial bank ac­count es­tab­lished for the in­ci­dent, Lin said.

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