Mix-up over hot weather shelter venue

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 June, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 June, 2004, 12:00am

A snap decision to open 38 hot weather shelters yesterday was met with a complaint about a lack of air conditioning and drinking water.

But the man making the complaint may have gone to the wrong place.

The community centres were opened despite the temperature reaching only 30 degrees Celsius, two degrees below the official level set for their use. Last night only 12 people went to the shelters.

This followed a pledge by the government a day earlier to be more flexible in deciding when people needed heat refuges.

The 32-degree level was set two years ago after consultation with the Observatory.

At least one man was less than impressed with the service, although it turned out later he may have gone to the wrong place. The man complained on Commercial Radio yesterday that it was as hot in a community centre in Lung Hang Estate, Sha Tin, as it was outdoors.

Tse Man-shing, assistant director of the Home Affairs Department, admitted that there was some 'miscommunication' between the department and the staff at the centres. 'The one in Lung Hang Estate is not one of the designated heat shelters.'