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Shelter for homeless

With the brutal weather around us, the number of homeless people turning to relief shelters are on the rise, officials said yesterday.

The Shanghai Rescue Station said it had about 70 homeless people by 5pm yesterday. It received about 30 people yesterday and on Wednesday, with the numbers rising about 10 percent from early this week after the city was hit by another cold wave on Wednesday, an official surnamed Lin said yesterday.

The figure was not very significant as it was still not the coldest time of the year, Lin said.

Rescue workers are on the lookout for the homeless at bus stations, bridges and buildings.

The stations are providing them with quilts in the latest round of cold wave.

Homeless people are sent to the Shanghai Rescue Station by district relief shelters. Migrant workers, who could not find a job in Shanghai and don’t have a proper home, usually stay at the station, Lin said.

Students from outside Shanghai are also among those who seek refuge at the station.

They will be offered free train tickets to their hometowns. Most of them are from Anhui and Henan provinces, Lin said.



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