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DPP local chiefs donate 1 month's income to Kaohsiung recovery
Central News Agency
2014-08-04 01:15 PM
Taipei, Aug. 4 (CNA) The leaders of five Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-controlled cities and counties announced Monday that they are donating one month's income to the reconstruction efforts in the wake of a series of gas explosions that ripped through Kaohsiung City last Thursday night, killing 28 people and injuring over 300. In a joint statement, Pingtung Magistrate Tsao Chi-hung, Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te, Chiayi Magistrate Chang Hwa-kuan, Yunlin Magistrate Su Chih-fen and Yilan Magistrate Lin Tsung-hsien pleadged a month's pay to the recovery efforts and urged others to contribute to help the affected residents resume their normal lives soon. The city and county chiefs again expressed condolences to the injured and the families of the victims and urged the Kuomintang-controlled central government to offer full support to Kaohsiung. They also said they are confident that the reconstruction of Kaohsiung will proceed smoothly under the leadership of Mayor Chen Chu. A total of 83,819 people in 32,968 households have been affected by the underground explosions that occurred between 11 p.m. and midnight July 31 in Kaohsiung's Cianjhen and Lingya districts, according to figures compiled by the Central Emergency Operation Center. As of Monday, 28 people were confirmed dead, 305 injured and two missing after the explosions, which are believed to have been caused by a leak in an underground propylene pipeline used by a petrochemical manufacturer. (By Sophia Yeh and Y.F. Low)
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