Tuesday, January 26, 2016

OFWs in HK still spend day off outdoors despite cold snap

The historic cold snap currently being experienced in Hong Kong did not stop Filipino domestic helpers there from enjoying their Sunday day off outdoors.
A report by GMA News stringer Corazon Amaya-Cañete said despite temperature dropping to as low as 3 degrees Celsius, many Filipinos,  including those who are in Hong Kong for a vacation, still chose to spend the day in Central.
One OFW who has been working in Hong Kong for 20 years said it was the first time she experienced such weather there.
"In [my] 20 years sa Hong Kong ngayon ko lang naranasan ang 3 degrees sa Hong Kong," she told Amaya-Cañeta. "Sobrang lamig, grabe."
She said she copes by wearing gloves, bonnet, and four layers of clothing.
Filipino domestic helpers who were hanging out in parks brought with them coffee, ginger tea and red wine to keep them warm, Amaya-Cañete's report said. Some also brought food and blankets.
According to a report on South China Morning Post, average temperatures in Hong Kong dropped to 3.1 degrees on Sunday, prompting schools to suspend classes on Monday.
The Hong Kong Observatory said Sunday's temperature was the lowest since 1957.
The South China Morning Post said as of 6 p.m. on Sunday, 111 people had been injured and 45 were hospitalized, some with hypothermia.
The cold spell is expected to last until Wednesday. —KBK, GMA News

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