6 Taiwanese injured in Bangkok blast
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.