Hong Kong's only disaster relief kitchen will close in April after 25 years in service. Last year it served just 2,000 meals. Services provided by the Social Welfare Department kitchen in Kowloon Tong - which served victims of typhoons and landslides and for a decade fed Vietnamese refugees - will be provided by four Hospital Authority kitchens. The department's southern district social welfare officer, Leung Kwai-ling, said the kitchen, with 14 staff and running costs of $3 million a year, had rarely been used in recent years. The kitchen can produce 28,000 hot meals a day. 'Since the closure of the Vietnamese camps and the disappearance of squatters' areas, the kitchen is being used less and less each year,' Ms Leung said. 'We can't justify the expenses when we have more efficient ways to produce emergency meals.' Long-time cook Wong Cheong, 49, remembered how he and another cook worked round the clock for four days during the Kwun Lung Lau landslide in Kennedy Town, which killed five people in July 1994. 'We didn't sleep for four days, only took breaks. That was the most serious disaster I had to deal with,' he said. Records show the pair cooked more than 8,000 hot meals for the victims. All 14 workers will be redeployed within the department and the kitchen and surrounding building complex will be used as a government warehouse until 2004, when the land lease expires and the Government will put the land to a different use.