Residents of Hong Kong’s tiny, subdivided ‘shoebox’ apartments are being forced outside because even the hot summer weather is cooler than their homes, SCMP reports.
A green group took 24-hour temperature measurements at three-minute intervals in five subdivided flats over the period from July 22 to August 10.
It found that the temperatures indoors at the hottest time of the day were usually higher than temperatures outside.
“The cost of electricity is a big financial burden on these families. Sometimes they do not turn on the air-conditioner even when it’s very hot. It’s affecting their health,” said William Yu Yuen-ping, chief executive officer of World Green Organisation, which conducted the survey.
One 9.2 square metre subdivided apartment in Kwun Tong recorded a temperature of 37.5 degrees celsius on July 30.
Shanghai’s poor are faced with a similar dilemma, electricity costs and a lack of air conditioning have led to many seeking refuge in the city’s climate controlled subway stations.
[Image credit: Benny Lam, SCMP]