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Water park fiery explosion death toll rises to 10

2015/07/30 20:39:09

Taipei, July 30 (CNA) A 31-year-old woman died Thursday of injuries she sustained in a fiery explosion at a water park in New Taipei about a month ago, bringing the death toll from the incident to 10, according to a local hospital.

Kuo Li-chun (郭立君) was pronounced dead at Chi Mei Hospital in Tainan after being transferred from a Taipei hospital so her family members in the southern Taiwan city could help take care of her.

Kuo, who suffered second- to third-degree burns over 50 percent of her body, died of septic shock and multiple organ failure, doctors said.

Of the nearly 500 people injured in the June 27 incident, 116 people remained in critical condition as of Thursday morning, according to statistics compiled by the Health and Welfare Ministry.

The accident occurred when cornstarch powder ignited at a party at Formosa Fun Coast water park (八仙樂園), engulfing partygoers in fire.

New Taipei Social Welfare Department officials expressed sadness over Chen's death and said they will present his family with a funeral subsidy of NT$1 million (US$32,102).

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)