By: Cheng Chi-fong and Elizabeth Hsu
Kaohsiung, July 17 (CNA) The three parties responsible for the July 31 gas explosions in Kaohsiung a year ago signed an agreement Friday that the families of each of the 32 people killed in the accident will receive compensation of NT$12 million (US$386,100).
Under the deal struck by the Kaohsiung city government, LCY Chemical Corp. and China General Terminal and Distribution Corp. (CGTD), LCY agreed to pay the compensation on behalf of the other two parties before a final court ruling as to the proportional liability of the trio in the devastating incident that also injured 321 people.
The payments will be made within four years at the latest, according to the agreement, which stipulates that once the court ruling is handed down, the trio will share the cost of the compensation based on their respective proportions of liability. [FULL STORY]