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Woman With 90% Burns From Taiwan Water Park Inferno Dies

More than 500 people were injured at a Taipei water park when colored powder sprayed onto a crowd suddenly ignited on Saturday. On Monday, the officials confirmed the first fatality of the disaster.

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A 20-year-old party-goer who suffered 90% burns when a huge inferno engulfed a crowd at a Taiwanese water park on Saturday has died, a health official said Monday.

Lee Pei-yun was pronounced dead at Taichung's Chung Shan Hospital in central Taiwan at 2:20 p.m. local time Monday (2:20 a.m. ET). An official from Taichung's health bureau told AFP: "Doctors pronounced Lee dead after her mother agreed to stop the treatment provided to her daughter."


She is the first fatality from the disaster which saw more than 500 people injured when a fire broke out at a popular water amusement park in Taipei, Taiwan Saturday, according to state media.

Colored powder was being sprayed onto a crowd during a performance at the Formosa Fun Coast when it suddenly ignited, a spokesperson for the local fire service told the BBC.

Video shared by Chinese state news agency Xinhua appears to show the moment the powder ignited.

Video: #Fire at #Taiwan water park party injured more than 500 people

Photos shared on Twitter appeared to show people with burns sitting in water in the park.

#BREAKING Over 100 injured after a fire breaks out at a water park in New Taipei city, Taiwan (cctv)

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