© Reuters. Marco Antonio, 21, a homeless man, is pictured as NGO doAcao distribute meals and blankets to the homeless whereas an uncommon chilly hits Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 29, 2021. REUTERS/Lucas Landau
(Corrects title in paragraph 4 to Lemos as a substitute of Memos)
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) -As an uncommon chilly snap stuns residents of Rio de Janeiro, a Brazilian metropolis well-known for its solar, sand and sea, the town’s homeless have been struggling to sleep by means of the nippiness.
“It’s extremely chilly. Even with two blankets and a quilt, I nonetheless felt horrible final evening,” Flávio, who’s homeless, stated.
A polar air mass has been touring towards the nation’s center-south areas this week, bringing quick winds and uncommon snowfall to communities unfamiliar with low temperatures — and to road residents ill-equipped to deal with them.
In Rio, Jeniffer Faria da Silva and Marlon Lemos Mollulo have been distributing heat meals, blankets, garments, footwear and bread to the town’s road residents as a part of a challenge they started a yr and a half in the past. Touring by means of the town at evening, they have been inserting thermal liners on concrete, the place dozens of the town’s homeless sleep aspect by aspect to remain heat.
“There’s a whole lot of struggling, particularly in Rio the place we aren’t used to having these sorts of temperatures. We do not have the best infrastructure to deal with the chilly, and a few of these individuals even have pets,” Silva stated.
The polar air mass is slated to convey freezing temperatures to São Paulo and Minas Gerais, main producers of key commodities like sugar, citrus and occasional.
Temperatures in Rio are anticipated to drop to an uncommon low of 9°C on Friday earlier than regularly beginning to heat up in August.
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