By: H. Kuo Wang and Lillian Lin
Taipei, July 2 (CNA) New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) said Thursday that donations
thus far to provide medical care for the injured in last Saturday’s water park dust explosion already exceed NT$500 million (US$16.18), and the city government has begun distributing subsidies to families of victims.
The New Taipei City government opened a bank account Monday for donations to the blast victims.
Pledging that every penny of the donations will be used to help the fire victims, Chu said that the city government has decided to allocate a certain amount from the special fund to provide immediate subsidies to the families of the burn patients.
In response to requests from patient families for subsidies to help them sustain the long period of medical treatment for their loved ones, the city government has decided that families of patients staying in general wards for moderate burns will receive NT$100,000 each, and those under intensive care will receive NT$200,000 each. [FULL STORY]