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Officials won't let the plum rains stop play

AS the city enters its plum rain season, which could see heavy rain and lightning, the Expo authorities are taking various efforts to make sure a visit is safe and comfortable.

The elevated walkways have been painted with skid-resistant coatings to prevent visitors from falling when the ground is wet. Strips of the coating, which contains rough particles to make it non-slip, are being painted on the walkways every 30 centimeters.

There had been complaints that the surface of the walkways became slippery after a fall of rain making it easy for visitors to lose their footing. Meanwhile, trees inside the World Expo site have been securely fastened to the ground to resist the potential strong winds of the plum rain season, which is expected to last about 20 days.

Officials said that the trees on both sides of Longhua Road E., Expo Avenue and Bocheng Road were newly planted when the construction of the pavilions was about to finish and they might not yet be well established enough to withstand strong winds. As a precaution, they have been working overtime to reinforce each tree by securing them to four timber piles.

The Expo authorities are also reminding visitors to protect themselves from sunstroke as the weather would also be hot during the plum rain season.

Visitors are encouraged to bring umbrellas, sunblock and foldable stools and should call 110 or 120 in an emergency.

Shanghai police said that the 110 service was available in nine languages so far.

Visitor volume at the Expo site over the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday was 1.45 million and the total volume for the World Expo has now surpassed 15 million, authorities said yesterday.


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