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Kaohsiung ready to provide skin for dust explosion victims

2015/06/28 15:35:02

Kaohsiung, June 28 (CNA) The Kaohsiung city government's health department is ready to deliver cadaver skins to hospitals in northern Taiwan that are treating people injured in Saturday's dust explosion at an amusement park in New Taipei, a city official said Sunday.

The department and Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, where the donated skin is stored, are standing by for the deployment of the Taiwan Organ Registry and Sharing Center, said Wang Hsiao-hsing (王小星), a division chief at the Kaohsiung Department of Health.

Over 500 people were injured during the explosion and fire at Formosa Fun Coast Water Park in New Taipei's Bali District, with many suffering from severe and extensive burns. The demand for skin transplants is expected to surge, Wang said.

The explosion occurred at about 8:30pm Saturday, when a stage at the park caught fire after flammable powder apparently exploded in the air.

As of Sunday noon, 519 had been reported injured, 194 of whom were in critical condition. They are being treated at 41 hospitals, according to Ministry of Health and Welfare statistics.

Among those injured, at least 13 are of foreign or mainland Chinese nationalities.

(By Cheng Chi-fon and Elizabeth Hsu)