Fifth victim dies after Taiwan water-park blast

Fifth victim dies after Taiwan water-park blast
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The water-park explosion in Taiwan last month claimed its fifth fatality yesterday, as Huang Hsiao-hsuan, 22, succumbed to multiple organ failure, the Taiwanese media reported.

This followed the deaths of dental student Su Chia-sheng, 23, last Friday and another undergraduate, 20-year-old Chen Tien-shun, last Monday. Fresh high-school graduate Lee Pei-yun, 20, and design school student Liu Chih-wei, 19, were the first two fatalities.

Singaporean victim Megan Loy, 18, was flown back home for treatment on June 30.

As of yesterday, 405 victims were still being treated in Taiwan's hospitals, with 213 in critical condition, reported news website Storm Media.

Ms Huang - who received skin grafts at Taipei's Tzu Chi Hospital for the burns on 90 per cent of her body - had earlier looked to be in stable condition, Taiwan's Central News Agency quoted attending doctor Wang Shui-wei as saying yesterday. But her wounds suffered infections, leading to multiple organ failure, said Dr Wang.

Ms Huang, who worked at a petrol station, had gone to the Formosa Fun Coast water park in New Taipei City on June 27 with her colleagues, the ET Today daily quoted her mother as saying. More than 500 revellers at the annual Colour Play Asia festival held in the park were injured when coloured powder sprayed on them exploded.

The Singapore Government has contributed three pallets of medical supplies, including artificial skin, for the treatment of the burn victims, the Singapore Trade Office in Taipei said on Saturday.

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