Donations pour in after deadly HK bus crash that claimed 19 lives

Donations pour in after deadly HK bus crash that claimed 19 lives
Relatives of the victims of Saturday's fatal bus crash break down in tears at a memorial service in Hong Kong, Feb 11, 2018.
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Condolences, financial assistance and blood donations poured in on Sunday, a day after Hong Kong saw its second most-deadly traffic accident in history, which claimed 19 lives and injured 66 people.

The tragedy occurred Saturday when a double-decker bus carrying a full load of horse racing fans on a special route rolled over to its left side. The cause of the accident is under investigation and the government and the bus company, Kowloon Motor Bus, will launch separate accident inquiries.

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, on Sunday said that affected families will be provided with immediate financial assistance, as the city received a total of HK$21 million (S$3.7 million) in donations following the crash.

An allowance of HK$300,000 will be allocated for families of the deceased, while those injured will get HK$150,000 to HK$250,000. It will be distributed by the Social Welfare Department.

Eighteen people were declared dead at the scene and another 67 were sent to 11 hospitals for treatment. One died at the hospital later. As of 1 pm on Sunday, Lam said, nine victims were still in critical condition, and another 11 in serious shape.

Many citizens voluntarily donated blood on Sunday as it was feared there would be blood bank shortages, considering the number of injured. The city's blood bank, in fact, is constantly low on blood units.

Lines were seen at several blood donation stations, including those at Tsuen Wan and Causeway Bay. It is reported that the wait time for donating blood at the Causeway Bay station is two hours.

At around 4 pm on Sunday, more than 100 members of victims' families offered sacrifices and performed religious rituals for the deceased at the accident site.

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