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Plan calls for 20 emergency centers to be built

SHANGHAI plans to build 20 emergency shelters downtown by 2015 since not enough of these facilities exist in central districts, the Shanghai Civil Defense Office said yesterday.

A volunteer team of 1 million people will be set up, guiding residents to escape and help each other in case of chemical leaks, gas explosions or typhoons.

The city now has 5,000 emergency shelters that can hold 1.6 million people. But most of the shelters are in suburban areas.

Downtown Jing'an District can only accommodate 20 percent of its population in existing shelters, which is far from enough.

The office said in the next five years that at least 8,000 people will be responsible for reporting accidents or emergencies.

The plans are in response to a Shanghai People's Political Consultative Conference members' proposal earlier this year that called for a safer city with better disaster prevention projects.

They also suggested setting up a training center, using international practices, for disaster prevention. And they recommended more forums and seminars on the issue be held in Shanghai.


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