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Taiwanese tourist dies on Emeishan

MUDSLIDES:Disaster struck a tour group visiting the Jingding Scenic Area in China’s Sichuan Province on Saturday, one day before their scheduled return home

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

One Taiwanese died and four other members of a tour group were injured on Emeishan in China’s Sichuan Province on Saturday, the Tourism Bureau said yesterday.

The bureau said the fatality was a 48-year-old woman surnamed Wu (吳), who was hit by a falling tree as her group was being guided on foot out of the Jingding Scenic Area at about 5:50pm on Saturday after a mudslide blocked road access to the area.

A member of the scenic area staff was leading the tour group out of the area when another mudslide hit, the bureau said.

The two men and two women who were injured suffered head lacerations, it said.

Two of the injured had been treated at the nearby Leshan Hospital and released, while the others were remain hospitalized, it said.

The tour to Emeishan, Jiuzhaigou and other sites in Sichuan had been organized by South East Travel Service, with the group leaving Taiwan on Sunday last week and due to return home yesterday, the bureau added.

South East Travel spokesperson Hsu Yong-yu (許永裕) said that the people on the tour were all members of a family and their friends.

Nine members of the group were due to return home as scheduled yesterday, while the Taiwanese tour leader and three family members were remaining in Sichuan with the hospitalized pair.

The agency had secured consent from Wu’s family to have her body cremated in China and the ashes returned to Taiwan, Hsu said.

The Tourism Bureau’s Beijing representative, Chiang Chih-tuan (江志端), went to Sichuan to visit the family members and offer any necessary assistance.

Hsu said South East Travel’s Chinese partner was also helping the tour group members, all of whom had travel and medical insurance.

In view of this accident, South East Travel would stop arranging tours of the Jingding Scenic Area for now, he said.

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