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Visitors feel the heat

FEWER visitors than expected were at the Expo site yesterday as Shanghai sweltered on the hottest day since summer officially began last Thursday.

The temperature soared to 36 degrees Celsius at the site. Some 420,000 visitors braved the heat but that figure fell short of the 500,000 that had been expected.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said it recorded the temperature on the Expo site at 1 degree higher than the rest of the city because of the high density of visitors.

Broadcasts and screens across the site reminded visitors to drink more water, take rests and not keep food in bags for too long.

A medical station at Zone B of the Expo site, run by Shanghai's Renji Hospital, received more than 30 visitors, most of whom suffered from sunstroke, almost three times that of previous days.

A number of visitors fainted in the morning because they had not eaten breakfast, said Chen Jianwei, a doctor at the station. He said some visitors, especially those in groups, had skipped that important meal so they could be first in line for the popular pavilions.

He advised older people, children and anyone with cardiovascular diseases not to come to the Expo when temperature was higher than 30 degrees Celsius.

Visitors can ask for free sun cream and other medicines for sunstroke at the five medical stations around the Expo site which are open from 8am to 12am every day.

Visitors to the Expo park who feel uncomfortable can call for volunteers or dial 120 for ambulances to take them to the nearest medical station.

The Expo organizer has installed more electric fans and spraying systems across the site.

More medicines and doctors have also been allocated to the medical stations, said Qian Bojin, director of the Visitors Service Center.

At the waiting area of Saudi Arabia Pavilion, most visitors were sitting on seats they had brought with them, using maps and guides as fans.

Many people were seen sleeping on benches or resting wherever they could find a shady spot.

In the European section, the grasslands of the Switzerland and Netherlands pavilions became the most popular place where visitors could take a rest.

Groups of visitors were also sitting on the ground at the second level of the Expo Boulevard, the four-level pedestrian way in the middle of Pudong Expo site.


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