In response to the intense, sweltering summer heatwave and the recent wave of COVID-19 infections, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is operating a comprehensive heatwave situation room and implementing special measure to protect the vulnerable, such as the elderly and slum residents, against heatwaves who are already having a hard time due to COVID-19.
First, the SMG will cooperate with civic organizations to perform disinfections and provide disinfection items to vaccination clinics and heatwave rest areas where residents who are weary from the scorching heat can take breaks. The SMG will also provide safe accommodations for elders who struggle with sleep during tropical nights.
The SMG will also reinforce confirmation of 33,375 vulnerable elders’ well-being. Around 3,020 individuals from the Heatwave Special Operations Team will deliver news of the heatwave to elders every day or every other day in consideration of the elderly’s health and conditions and to check the safety of the elderly.
Measures against heatwaves will also be strengthened for the homeless and residents residing in poor environments. Two outdoor rest areas will be operated near Seoul Station and Namdaemun Market for local residents, and thorough disinfections will be enforced at the twenty indoor heatwave rest areas.
Furthermore, the SMG will extend the scope of recipients for emergency welfare support through the Seoul-type emergency welfare and heatwave assistance of KRW 500 million, which will be arranged for living expenses, medical costs associated with heat-related illnesses resulting from the heatwaves, support of cooling items, such as air conditioners, coolers, refrigerators, and cooling mats, and up to KRW 3 million for electricity bills to ease financial burdens.
|Heatwave rest area at an elderly hall||Hosing down slum residential areas|
|Disinfection by volunteers||Cooling down asphalt roads on Sejong-daero|