© 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


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 via the coolness.

“It is very chilly. Even with two blankets and a quilt, I nonetheless felt horrible final evening,” Flávio, who’s homeless, mentioned.

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 avenue residents ill-equipped to deal with them. 

In Rio, Jeniffer Faria da Silva and Marlon Memos Mollulo have been distributing heat meals, blankets, garments, footwear and bread to the town’s avenue residents as a part of a venture they started a yr and a half in the past. Touring via the town at evening, they have been inserting thermal liners on concrete, the place dozens of the town’s homeless sleep facet by facet to remain heat.

“There’s quite a lot of struggling, particularly in Rio the place we aren’t used to having these sorts of temperatures. We do not have the precise infrastructure to deal with the chilly, and a few of these individuals even have pets,” Silva mentioned.

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 low.

Temperatures in Rio are anticipated to drop to an uncommon low of 9°C on Friday earlier than steadily beginning to heat up in August.

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