Date
23 July 2017
Sweltering heat caused several women to fall ill during Indonesian Independence 70th anniversary celebrations in Hong Kong. Photos: i-Cable, RTHK
Sweltering heat caused several women to fall ill during Indonesian Independence 70th anniversary celebrations in Hong Kong. Photos: i-Cable, RTHK

As many as 20 suffer heatstroke amid Indonesia event in HK

More than 20 Indonesian domestic helpers suffered from heatstroke during a large-scale outdoor event at Victoria Park on Sunday, with nine of them requiring hospitalization.

A spokesperson from the Indonesian Consulate General told Apple Daily that seven out of the nine women who had been rushed to hospitals were discharged the same day but two needed further medical attention.

The outdoor event, which started at 9 am and ran until 3 pm, was organized by the consulate and Asosiasi PPTKI Hong Kong, an association that represents Indonesian migrant workers, to celebrate Indonesia’s 70th independence anniversary which fell on Aug. 17.

The lawn at Victoria Park was full, with around 20,000 people joining the celebration at the peak hours, as renowned Indonesian artists staged some song and dance performances.

Although tents, misting fans and bottled water were provided, many participants fell ill due to the extremely hot weather as temperatures reached 34 degrees Celsius.

Expressing concern, the Indonesian consulate said it will take additional measures at future events to minimize participants’ risk of heatstroke.

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