6 Tai­wanese in­jured in Bangkok blast

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

Six Tai­wanese tourists were in­jured dur­ing a deadly ex­plo­sion near a tourist hotspot in down­town Bangkok late Mon­day, the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs (MOFA) said yesterday.

Bob Chen ( ), deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral of MOFA’s Depart­ment of East Asian and Pa­cific Af­fairs, said at a news brief­ing that the six R.O.C. na­tion­als in­clude a fa­ther and his daugh­ter, both sur­named Chang ( ); a fe­male vic­tim sur­named Hung ( ); Hung’s friend sur­named Hsu ); and another

( fa­ther and daugh­ter also sur­named Chang ( ).

They were all rushed sep­a­rately to three nearby hos­pi­tals for treat­ment fol­low­ing the ex­plo­sion, Chen said.

Hung suf­fered se­ri­ous burns dur­ing the ex­plo­sion and is cur­rently un­der­go­ing emer­gency med­i­cal treat­ment, Chen said. Her friend Hsu was un­ac­counted for but was later con­firmed as be­ing hos­pi­tal­ized in the in­ten­sive care unit at a lo­cal hos­pi­tal.

One of the fathers, sur­named Chang, who suf­fered rel­a­tively se­ri­ous in­juries dur­ing the blast, suc­cess­fully un­der­went surgery on Mon­day night. His daugh­ter suf­fered mi­nor in­juries.

Another vic­tim sur­named Chang suf­fered non-life threat­en­ing in­juries while his daugh­ter suf­fered bone frac­tures dur­ing the in­ci­dent, Chen said.

The two were vis­it­ing Bangkok with a tour group un­der Tai­wan’s Lion Travel Ser­vice Co. (

). They were sched­uled to be dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal and re­turn to Tai­wan later yesterday, he noted.

Chen said Tai­wan’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fice in Thai­land has sent staff to be present in the hos­pi­tals.

The of­fice has been in close con­tact with Thai po­lice, who are clar­i­fy­ing the na­tion­al­i­ties of those killed and in­jured, in an at­tempt to lo­cate if there are any more miss­ing Tai­wanese.

The of­fice has also es­tab­lished con­tact with fam­ily mem­bers of these R.O.C. na­tion­als who were in­jured dur­ing the blast and will of­fer as­sis­tance to them should they wish to fly to Bangkok to visit their fam­i­lies, Chen said.

A to­tal of 22 peo­ple, in­clud­ing for­eign visi­tors, were killed and more than 120 were in­jured at the down­town ex­plo­sion that oc­curred around 7 p.m. Mon­day in Thai­land’s cap­i­tal city, ac­cord­ing to for­eign media re­ports.

The bomb ex­ploded in the heart of the city, at the Erawan Shrine, a pop­u­lar at­trac­tion for both tourists and lo­cals at the Ratchapra­song in­ter­sec­tion in the busy Chid­lom shop­ping dis­trict where sev­eral ma­jor ho­tel chains have branches .

MOFA said yesterday that the in­jured were un­der­go­ing emer­gency med­i­cal treat­ment in 21 dif­fer­ent hos­pi­tals in Bangkok. The Thai gov­ern­ment has es­tab­lished an emer­gency re­sponse cen­ter to deal with the af­ter­math of the deadly blast.

Travel Alert Raised to Or­ange

Mean­while, MOFA raised its travel alert for Bangkok from yel­low to or­ange late yesterday, urg­ing its na­tion­als to avoid un­nec­es­sary trips to the Thai cap­i­tal and neigh­bor­ing ar­eas and to take pre­cau­tions dur­ing their trip to the city.

Un­der MOFA’s four-color-coded travel ad­vi­sory sys­tem, an “or­ange” alert is the sec­ond-high­est level of warn­ing fol­low­ing red, mean­ing Tai­wanese trav­el­ers should take pre­cau­tions and avoid the area if pos­si­ble.

Cit­ing a Thai mil­i­tary an­nounce­ment, MOFA also urged Tai­wanese trav­el­ers not to visit 10 lo­ca­tions around the cap­i­tal city that are deemed dan­ger­ous by lo­cal author­i­ties fol­low­ing the deadly ex­plo­sion.

The 10 lo­ca­tions are: Racha­pa­song, Pa­tumwan, Silom, Khao San, Narathti­wat Road, Vic­tory Mon­u­ment, Rama 6 (Tuek Chai), Ben­jasiri Park next to Em­po­rium Shop­ping Mall, Thon­glor and Sukhumvit roads, Chen said.

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