In this Feb 10, 2018 file photo, firemen work at the site where a double-decker bus overturns in the New Territories in Hong Kong. (EDMOND TANG / CHINA DAILY)
HONG KONG - Mainland companies in Hong Kong have donated HK$6 million for victims in one of the deadliest traffic accidents in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
A packed double-decker bus running from the Sha Tin horse racecourse to Tai Po overturned on Saturday evening in New Territories, killing 19 passengers and injuring 66.
By Sunday, the Hong Kong government had received HK$21 million in donations from non-governmental organizations and charity groups
The Hong Kong Chinese Enterprises Association appealed to its members to extend helping hands to the fatal accident’s victims and their families. Bank of China (Hong Kong) Ltd, China Taiping Insurance Group Ltd, China Resources (Holdings) Co Ltd, China National Travel Service (HK) Group Corp, Guangdong Holdings Limited, and China Merchants Group each donated HK$1 million to the Social Welfare Department of the SAR government to be used to help the victims' families and the injured.
The association welcomes more of its members in Hong Kong to make donations.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said on Sunday that financial aid would be provided to families affected by the accident. She said the families of each person killed in the accident would receive HK$300,000, and families of the injured would receive from HK$150,000 to HK$250,000.
By Sunday, the Hong Kong government had received HK$21 million in donations from non-governmental organizations and charity groups.
To mourn victims of the fatal bus accident, Lam announced on Monday that the Lunar New Year fireworks display will be canceled. The annual fireworks show was originally scheduled for Saturday night, the second day of the Lunar New Year.
And on Tuesday, the national and HKSAR flags were lowered to half-mast at government headquarters to mourn the victims.