How 'Daefrica' deals with extreme heatwaves
Usually when you look at the map , one of the hottest places in the country is Daegu.That's been true this year as well.But the city knows this and is prepared.Our Kan Hyeong-woo went down to Daegu to check out the proactive ways they're helping people cool down. Some call it " Daefrica , " a reference to the Sahara-like temperatures seen this summer in South Korea's fourth largest city. Daegu saw its highest temperature this summer so far on July 27th at 39-point-2 degrees Celsius. " This 'fried egg' sculpture here gives a sense of how hot it gets in Daegu. So to deal with the extreme heatwave , the city has come up with a number of countermeasures. " In twenty places around the city , officials have installed machines that spray cool mist. They're on from 10 a.m to 7 p.m. , spraying mist for 25 minutes every half an hour. Daegu also has opened up its ice rink to the public so anyone can come and enjoy the cool air from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Another way the city is trying to help is by giving out free bottles of cold water at 22 places that get a lot of foot traffic. They're giving out about 85-hundred bottles every day. " To get over this unprecedented heatwave , it's important to stay cool and drink water. So by giving out cold water for free , we think this will help people stay hydrated. " It's only the begining of August and it looks like this heat will last for a while , but the people of 'Daefrica' are pulling together to stay cool.Kan Hyeong-woo , Arirang News , Daegu.