2nd victim dies, event organisers' properties seized
A SECOND young fatality in Taiwan's "colour party" blaze died yesterday, as a local court authorised families of some of the victims to sequestrate the properties of the event's organisers so as to ensure receipt of compensation.
Student Liu Chih-wei, 19, suffered burns on almost his entire body in the disaster on Saturday, which saw more than 500 revellers engulfed in a fire suspected to have started when the coloured cornstarch thrown on them caught fire, Agence France-Presse reported.
"More than 95 per cent of (Mr Liu's) skin was burned and his respiratory system damaged when he was admitted to hospital," a doctor said outside a hospital in central Taiwan yesterday.
"After emergency treatment, his family did not want to see him suffer any more and decided to let him go," the doctor added.
The Taiwanese media described Mr Liu as an aspiring beautician who had won overseas awards.
Another victim, 20-year-old Lee Pei-yun, who had burns on 90 per cent of her body, died on Monday - the first fatality.
Ms Lee's 12-year-old brother was also hospitalised with 80 per cent of his body burned.
According to local daily ET Today, there were 429 victims treated at 37 hopsitals as of Wednesday, with 268 in intensive care units.
Around 1,000 revellers attended the Colour Play Asia event at the Formosa Fun Coast water park in New Taipei City, just outside Taipei.
The authorities have speculated that heat from the stage lighting or cigarettes could have ignited the cornstarch.
Yesterday, a court in Taipei granted the families of 13 victims the authority to seize the properties of Formosa Fun Coast, Colour Play Asia and Rainbow Taipei - the three organisers of the event - but up to the value of NT160 million (S$7 million).
The move will ensure reparations in future, ET Today reported.
Taipei's Legislative Affairs Bureau encouraged the families of the other victims to take similar action, said the newspaper.