Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the family of everyone who died in the fatal bus crash will receive HK$300,000 and vowed to start looking for a judge to head an investigation into the tragedy forthwith.
Those who have been hospitalised will get between $150,000 and $250,000, depending on the severity of their injuries, she told a news conference on Sunday. The donations come from several organisations, including the Jockey Club, Tung Wah, Yan Chai and Pok Oi.
Lam said all 79 families affected have been assigned a social worker, who will make sure they receive the money.
Eighteen people, 14 men and four women, died at the scene of Saturday's accident. Another man man died later in hospital early on Sunday morning. Nine people are still in hospital in a critical condition, and 11 are in a serious condition.
Lam said the probe would begin promptly.
“I would like to see this independent review to be conducted and completed as soon as possible so that, if need be, the improvement measures could be put in place as early as possible," Lam said.
"But at this point in time, I’m afraid I cannot give you a very definite timetable, because we need to identify this judge and perhaps with or without another expert or person to assist the judge."
Last updated: 2018-02-11 HKT 16:12