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Staffers of Shenzhen Relief Management Station distribute quilts and clothes to needy people.

SHENZHEN Relief Management Station has implemented a 24-hour duty mechanism to offer timely and effective assistance to those in need, as temperatures have plummeted sharply due to a cold snap.

The station has also formed a full-coverage network in cooperation with Bao'an Relief Management Station, Longgang Relief Management Station, public security departments, urban management departments, social workers and volunteers.

As of 12 p.m. yesterday, the municipal relief management station had provided shelter, food and clothes for 72 citizens, six of whom have returned home.

Yang Mingfeng, deputy head of the station, said the station has been equipped with adequate material supplies. "Firstly, we have added more staff on duty. Secondly, the emergency rescue vehicles are geared up for use. Thirdly, we have prepared sufficient beds, food, cotton-padded clothes, shoes and quilts."

He added that the station has not only offered help to those who have come to the station in person, but also to vagrants and beggars on the streets. "For those who were unwilling to come to the station, our staff and volunteers go to the streets and bring materials to them."

Li Hua, aged 17, went to the station and asked for help yesterday morning. He is from Guizhou Province and is working at a construction site in Shajing Subdistrict.

"I didn't get paid and I had no money, so I asked the police for help. They gave me money for a meal and the bus fare to come here," Li said.

As of 4 p.m. yesterday, the city had offered shelters to 404 people and relocated 92 people. The three relief management stations have given out more than 460 overcoats, 1,200 quilts, 220 blankets and 3,300 servings of food, according to statistics from the city's civil affairs bureau.

Source:Shenzhen Daily

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