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Saturday, August 2, 2014
Taiwan -- 26 killed in Kaohsiung gas explosions
A series of gas explosions between late Thursday night and early yesterday morning in Kaohsiung resulted in 26 deaths and at least 280 people injured.
An initial investigation has found that LCY Chemical Corp. (李長榮) is the most likely culprit in the gas explosions that rocked Kaohsiung overnight and left at least 26 dead and more than 280 injured, Kaohsiung environmental authorities said Friday.
Manufacturing activity in Taiwan shows signs of expansion, according to the latest data released by the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER,中華經濟研究院) Friday that points to an increase in the purchasing managers index (PMI).
Chemical stocks in Taiwan took a dive Friday after a series of gas explosions rocked Kaohsiung Thursday night, killing 25 people and injuring 267, dealers said.
The Kaohsiung Environmental Protection Bureau (EPA) yesterday morning detected 10 ppm (parts per million) of propene on the Ersheng Road (二聖路) — one of the locations where gas explosions took place, saying that, however, the cause of the blasts is yet to be determined.
Taiwan -- Mayors mobilize to carry out pipeline inspections
Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫), Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) and Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (賴清德) yesterday made individual statements and announcements with the aim of conducting inspections on underground pipelines in the wake of the devastating accident in Kaohsiung.
In light of the series of gas explosions in Kaohsiung's Cianjhen District late Thursday evening, the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC, 金管會) yesterday announced that it has instructed carriers to provide expedited insurance claims to all individuals and businesses impacted by the disaster.
Donations from companies and individuals around Taiwan are pouring in to help with post-disaster relief efforts after a series of gas explosions in Kaohsiung late Thursday.
Two unusual sounds were recorded by the black boxes on TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 before the plane crashed on the offshore island of Penghu last week, investigators said yesterday as they made public the initial investigation results on the incident that killed 48 people.
A sudden drop in engine efficiency and a flight deviation were recorded in the black boxes of the TransAsia Airways plane that crashed in the outlying county of Penghu July 23, but the cause remains under investigation, the Aviation Safety Council said Friday.
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