Foreign diplomats donate over water park tragedy
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.