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Extra water fountains installed to beat heat

WORLD Expo organizers are fighting the heat wave by adding more drinking water facilities, introducing more outlets for drinks and ice creams, and arranging volunteers to help visitors who suffer from heatstroke.

Shanghai Heath Bureau yesterday advised visitors not to spend a long time lining up under the hot sun between 11am and 6pm to avoid suffering heatstroke. They also suggested visitors drink more water instead of sodas.

A total of 356 visitors received treatment at five medical stations around the Expo site on Thursday.Among them, 78 visitors suffered from heatstroke as temperatures soared to 37.4 degree Celsius.

To satisfy visitors' thirst, Expo organizers are placing more drinking water dispensers inside pavilions.

Four such facilities have been installed in lobbies on the 10th and 12th floors in the China Pavilion while another two will be brought into the pavilion's waiting area, said Zhu Xiangjun, a spokesman for supplier the Litree Company.

Zhu said three more drinking water dispensers will be installed in the Puxi area of the Expo site, increasing the total number to 108.

Also, the dispensers will be upgraded with additional water spouts so more people can use them at the same time. Each facility now has 12 spouts and the number will be increased to 18.

More stations selling drinks and ice creams will be set up to cover every corner of the Expo site, according to Ling Shengyong, director of the Expo Bureau's commercial management department.

Ling said they had allowed Coca-Cola Company and Yili Group to extend their vending business across the site as long as they observe business regulations put in place by the bureau.

Meanwhile, the Expo volunteers have been given a new mission: to keep an eye on enthusiastic visitors who are lining up under the hot sun to gain access to pavilions.

The volunteers will attend to people suffering heatstroke and send them to medical stations if their condition worsens.


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