Taipei returns to normal after New Year's
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Traffic conditions returned to normal shortly after Taipei's New Year's Eve event, the capital's Department of Information and Tourism said yesterday, adding that several participants who complained of chest pains had recovered after receiving treatment.
January 2, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
According to the Taipei City Police Department, 850,000 people attended the city's New Year's Eve event, which ended at 1:30 a.m. — half an hour later than originally planned amid roaring calls for encores.
Seven temporary medical stations were set up around the event's premises by city officials. Of the 158 people who sought medical attention, 107 complained of chest pains and fevers, while the remainder sustained injuries from accidents such as falling down. Five were sent to a nearby hospital for further treatment.
Traffic conditions around the city hall returned to normal at roughly 2:30 a.m., according to city officials, who added that 880 members of Taipei City Police Department's Traffic Division were dispatched to regulate traffic.
In order to help alleviate the congestion caused by massive crowds, the metro remained operational during the early hours of New Year's Day, recording more than 1.85 million passenger rides, while a total of 160 busses drove along five routes until 2:30 a.m. to help people get home.
In addition, 525 members of Taipei's Department of Environmental Protection as well as 130 volunteers worked through the early hours to keep the city streets clean.