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Air-Raid Shelters Protecting Citizens Against Heat in China

Posted by feww on August 20, 2017

Oppressive heat dwells in China’s “three furnaces” 

“Air-raid shelters, once used to protect Chongqing residents from air attacks during the war against Japanese aggression, have turned out to be an ideal place to escape from the scorching heat,” a report said.

Chongqing, formerly Chungking, is a major city in southwest China and the most populous Chinese municipality with a population over 30 million as of 2015. It has an urban population of 18.38 million including 8.5 million people who live in Chongqing city proper.

“During the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, Chongqing, then China’s temporary capital, was bombed by over 9,000 Japanese planes between 1938 and 1944. Its many bomb shelters cover an area of more than 1 million square meters.”

The city has opened 96 air-raid shelters, which provide basic comfort, entertainment and medical help, the report said.

“Some days, the city temperature is over 40 degrees Celsius, but inside the shelters it is as low as 27 degrees Celsius,” a resident said.

The mountainous city of Chongqing, located on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, is known as one of China’s “three furnaces” — the other two being Wuhan and Nanjing — because of the sweltering summer heat, the report said.

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