Friday, August 1, 2014
About 12,000 people displaced by a series of gas explosions in Kaohsiung Thursday night are being sheltered at 10 emergency centers at local schools, the city government said Friday.
Donations from companies and individuals around Taiwan are pouring in to help with post-disaster relief efforts after a series of gas explosions in Kaohsiung late Thursday.
Flags will be flown at half-mast for three days in Taiwan next week to mourn the deaths in the Kaohsiung explosions Thursday night and the plane crash in Penghu a week earlier, Premier Jiang Yi-huah said Friday.
The number of people killed in multiple gas explosions in Kaohsiung overnight increased to 25 as of 1:45 p.m. Friday, another 267 people were injured.
President Ma Ying-jeou rushed to the Central Emergency Operation Center in Xindian, New Taipei, Friday morning for a briefing on the aftermath of a gas explosion in Kaohsiung.
Chemical stocks in Taiwan took a dive Friday after a series of gas explosions rocked Kaohsiung Thursday night, killing 25 people and injuring 267, dealers said.
Gas leaks in the sewage system of Kaohsiung's Cianjhen District led to multiple explosions late Thursday night, injuring several people and overturning cars, according to fire department of the southern municipality.
Both the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) announced Friday that their election campaigns were suspended indefinitely after gas explosions in Kaohsiung claimed the lives of 24 people and injured more than 270 others.
Main opposition party legislators slammed the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) for disregarding the lives of the passengers aboard the crashed TransAsia Airways plane GE222, stating that there were a final six minutes in which many lives could have been saved.