Flags flying at half-mast to mourn explosion, air crash victims
Central News Agency
2014-08-05 11:34 AM
Taipei, Aug. 5 (CNA) Government agencies across the country began flying their flags at half-mast Tuesday in mourning for the victims of last week's explosions in Kaohsiung and the plane crash in Penghu a week earlier. Flags will fly at half-mast for a total of three days. The gas explosions ripped through Kaohsiung on July 31 just before midnight, killing 28 people and injuring over 300. It followed the crash of a TransAsia Airways flight in the outlying island county of Penghu on July 23, which killed 48 of the 58 people on board. Flags previously flew at half-mast in September 1999, following a massive earthquake in central Taiwan that killed more than 2,400 people, and again in August 2009, after some 680 lives were lost in landslides and floods caused by Typhoon Morakot. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Y.F. Low)
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