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Water park inferno victims to get at least NT$65,000

Staff writer, with CNA

The money donated to people hurt in the Color Play Asia disaster at the Formosa Fun Coast (八仙海岸) water park in New Taipei City’s Bali District (八里) is to be distributed based on the severity of their injuries as assessed by doctors, the donation management committee said on Tuesday.

The families of the people who died as a result of the June 27 fire will each receive NT$8.25 million (US$250,973), the committee said.

An amount between NT$65,000 and NT$6.5 million will be given to each of the injured victims according to the severity of their injuries, New Taipei City Public Health Department Commissioner Lin Chi-hung (林奇宏) said, adding that the injuries will be ranked on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the most severe.

Lin said the donations will be distributed in four phases.

Taiwan Society for Burn Injuries and Wound Healing president Dai Niann-tzy (戴念梓) said that while doctors will determine the severity of patients’ injuries, the patients’ families will have the right to request a reassessment.

Donations had reached more than NT$1.61 billion as of the end of last month, New Taipei City Social Welfare Department Commissioner Chang Chin-li (張錦麗) said.

She said the money would be used to help with the recovery and rehabilitation of patients.

A total of 508 people were injured and 12 died as a result of the fire, which broke out when a colored cornstarch powder ignited during a party.

As of Thursday last week, 1,107 people remained hospitalized, with 19 in intensive care units and 12 listed in a critical condition, Ministry of Health and Welfare statistics showed.

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