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Rio's homeless brave unprecedented cold

CommoditiesJul 30, 2021 01:13PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. Marco Antonio, 21, a homeless man, is pictured as NGO doAcao distribute food and blankets to the homeless while an unusual cold hits Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 29, 2021. REUTERS/Lucas Landau 2/2

(Corrects name in paragraph 4 to Lemos instead of Memos)

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) -As an unusual cold snap stuns residents of Rio de Janeiro, a Brazilian city famous for its sun, sand and sea, the city's homeless have been struggling to sleep through the chill.

"It's very cold. Even with two blankets and a quilt, I still felt horrible last night," Flávio, who is homeless, said.

A polar air mass has been traveling toward the country's center-south regions this week, bringing fast winds and rare snowfall to communities unfamiliar with low temperatures — and to street residents ill-equipped to handle them. 

In Rio, Jeniffer Faria da Silva and Marlon Lemos Mollulo have been distributing warm food, blankets, clothes, shoes and bread to the city's street residents as part of a project they began a year and a half ago. Traveling through the city at night, they've been placing thermal liners on concrete, where dozens of the city's homeless sleep side by side to stay warm.

"There's a lot of suffering, especially in Rio where we aren't used to having these kinds of temperatures. We don't have the right infrastructure to cope with the cold, and some of these people also have pets," Silva said.

The polar air mass is slated to bring freezing temperatures to São Paulo and Minas Gerais, major producers of key commodities like sugar, citrus and coffee.

Temperatures in Rio are expected to drop to an unusual low of 9°C on Friday before gradually starting to warm up in August.

Rio's homeless brave unprecedented cold
 

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Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Jul 30, 2021 1:39PM ET
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stop using geo engineering. These climate changes are man made, no lack of evidence on the subject aswell.
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...except that your theory has no logical basis. Isolated facts woven together with the aid of MJ make uninterestingly disjointed conversation.
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...except that your ignorance has no logical basis, since clearly you do not know the many PhD investigation teams and their reports on the devastating effects of geo engineering. next time try doing some research or just leave matters to the real adults if you have nothing remotely relevant to add to any given discussions, except for baseless and infertile criticism and opposition.
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this is the commodities at the end of the week, it's not funny putting a sad subject about homeless situation in a beautiful presumed semitropical part of the world .Well all the precious metals got hit badly today and many many traders lost their money . Commodities section is talking about homeless situation vs climate what a coincidence.
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It shows that there are no standards in journalism or news. It's politics 24/7...blooding boring, all of it.
 
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