China's largest typhoon shelter opens in Xiamen

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China's largest typhoon shelter opened Monday in southeastern city of Xiamen in Fujian Province, offering free food, accommodation and medical care for fishermen trapped by typhoons and tropical storms, local authorities said Tuesday.

The three-story shelter is located at a harbor's north embankment of Xiamen's Gaoqi area, covering an area of 3,295 square meters. The construction is an arcade, and the first floor's space is used for a parking area that can accommodate dozens of large vehicles.

The second floor is a shelter that can hold 3,000 to 4,000 people. The shelter has medical rooms, storage areas, dining rooms and offices. LCD TVs broadcast weather reports, especially those concerning typhoons.

The third floor is equipped to monitor weather conditions.

The shelter has signed a medical-support agreement with medical hygiene institutions. According to the agreement, the institutions will send medical teams and medicine to the center.

Fujian Province and nearby provinces of Zhejiang, Guangdong and Hainan are more likely to be hit by typhoons and tropical storms in summer, causing major threats to boats, ships and fishermen's lives.

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