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Plans to build more shelters

PEOPLE living in densely populated areas will be able to walk to an emergency shelter in 30 minutes if disaster strikes, as the city will build about 20 such installations by 2015, the Shanghai Air Defense Bureau said yesterday.

Parks, squares, school playgrounds, stadiums and large-scale outdoor parking lots are all considered to be ideal locations for the shelters, said Lu Shanpeng, an official with the bureau.

The city's only first-class emergency shelter at the moment is situated on Dalian Road. It has been constructed so that 5,000 people can live for 15 days in a 27,000-square-meter area and has emergency power, a °?communication network, food and toilets. A helicopter landing pad has also been built at the site.

By the end of 2012, two to three more such shelters will be dug under the city, according to Lu, who revealed that several smaller ones are also on the project list.

The bureau also announced that the air defense project to the north of the Theme Pavilion at the Pudong section of the Expo site will have one of its floors turned into an underground pedestrian passageway between Zhoujiadu Station on Metro Line 8 and Changqing Road Station on Line 7 after the Expo.


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