A safe Olympic Games is Beijing's priority and proposals to build over 100 more emergency shelters by 2010 is evidence of that, the Beijing Daily reported Monday.
The Chinese capital will build the additional shelters near Olympic venues and the central business district before 2008 explains the city's emergency response and disaster relief plan for the next five years.
Beijing has already built 28 emergency shelters in school playgrounds, parks, city squares and stadiums over the last few years. Provided with drinking water, electricity and other facilities each of them can accommodate between 60,000 to 100,000 people during emergencies.
With 20 to 30 such facilities to be built annually over the next few years Beijing will be able to shelter all of its citizens and visitors in the event of an emergency by 2010, according to the plan.
(Xinhua News Agency October 24, 2006)