Two people died in the streets of the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo from the cold after the coldest night of the year with temperatures of up to 8 degrees, the authorities reported.
The two victims are people who lived on the street and died in the city center, according to the State Public Security Secretariat.
The National Institute of Meteorology specifically reported a minimum temperature of 8.2 degrees Celsius for one hour in the city as a result of a cold air mass that fell on Sao Paulo.
The city’s social welfare secretariat made 150 reception offers yesterday evening: 82 people declined reception and 182 blankets were delivered.
Aid organizations for the homeless had already warned of the risk of this temperature drop in the southern winter and reminded them that deaths from this cause occur every year. According to Father Julio Lancellotti of the Pastoral del Pueblo de la Calle, up to five people have died of the cold on the street since last Thursday.