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Young partygoer dies after Taiwan water park disaster

A 20-year-old partygoer died after suffering 90 per cent burns from a fireball that injured nearly 500 people at a Taiwan “colour party”, with organisers facing charges after plumes of decorative powder ignited.

She is the first fatality from the disaster, which saw crowds of young revellers engulfed in flames after being sprayed with clouds of multi-coloured corn starch.

The company which produced the starch said users had been warned of a potential fire hazard.

Around 1,000 spectators had attended the Color Play Asia event at the Formosa Fun Coast water park, just outside the capital Taipei, on Saturday evening.

More than 200 suffered serious injuries and are being treated across 43 hospitals.

Victim Lee Pei-yun, 20, was pronounced dead at Taichung’s Chung Shan Hospital in central Taiwan at 0620 GMT on Monday.

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