Malaysian undergrad injured in Taiwan blast

PHOTO: The Star/Asia News Network

PETALING JAYA - A third-year pharmaceutical undergraduate from Malaysia suffered second degree burns on her hands and legs from a freak explosion at a water park in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

Lin Shi Li, 23, from Yong Peng, Johor, was one of 500 party-goers who were injured when coloured powder attached on their skins combusted on Saturday.

Mother Choo Mee Mee said despite 54 per cent of her daughter's body was burnt, Lin remained conscious.

"The officers from her university contacted us by phone. They told us since she's still young, she will most likely see a full recovery," she said.

Lin is a pharmacy student at Taipei Medical University and is currently receiving treatment at the Taipei City Hospital.

Choo and her brother are making plans to visit Lin in Taiwan this week.

Meanwhile the Malaysian Foreign Ministry said an officer from the Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre in Taipei has visited Lin and provided the necessary consular assistance.