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Vice Premier orders all-out rescue effort by central government
Central News Agency
2014-08-02 10:22 PM
Taipei, Aug. 2 (CNA) Vice Premier Mao Chi-kuo Saturday instructed Cabinet agencies to work closely with the Kaohsiung City Government as they pour all possible resources into rescue efforts in the aftermath of the deadly gas explosions that rocked the city Thursday night. Mao issued the instruction after hearing a briefing by the Central Disaster Emergency Operation Center, according to a statement released by the Executive Yuan. A total of 83,819 people in 32,968 households were affected by the explosions late Thursday just before midnight in Kaohsiung's Cianjhen and Lingya districts, according to figures compiled by the center. As of 2 p.m. Saturday, 28 people, including four firefighters, were confirmed dead, with two people remaining missing. Another 287 people were injured, with 166 having been discharged from hospitals as of 6 p.m Saturday, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said. Of the 121 people still hospitalized, 56 were in intensive care units, the ministry said. Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta went to Kaohsiung again Saturday to visit the injured and affected residents. Meanwhile, state-run Taiwan Power Company said electricity supply is expected to be fully restored within three days in the affected areas, where 5,760 households were still without power. For the 7,000 households that were still without running water, taps were expected to be fully working within five days, Taiwan Water Corp. said. (By Lin Chung-sen, Tang Pei-chun, Chen Ching-fang and Y.F. Low)
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