France: at least six people homeless during the cold wave
Paris – The cold wave that hit in recent days over France left at least six dead since Saturday homeless victims of hypothermia or died in a fire trying to warm up, according to local authorities.
Two homeless people (SDF) were killed Tuesday morning in a fire in a squat the Paris region, where they had taken refuge from the cold and where they are likely to have tried to make a fire, will we police said.
The fire broke out in this disused building in Brie-Comte-Robert, about thirty kilometers east of the capital. The bodies of two men, two homeless, were found charred inside. We believe they had fled there because of the cold, said the source told AFP.
Rodez (southwest), where temperatures dropped to -8 degrees the night of Monday to Tuesday, a 42-year-old was found dead in the early afternoon by the fire in a shipyard in the city where the homeless had taken shelter.
On Instead, the police found several empty bottles of alcohol. Investigators favor the hypothesis of a death from hypothermia, but the cause of death is still being determined, pending a review by a pathologist Wednesday.
In the capital, a homeless died Sunday night in a neighborhood is obviously due to the cold, did he do on Tuesday to the services of the city of Paris.
The man, aged 50, was found at about 9:00 p.m. (2000 GMT) in a state of hypothermia, and he made a heart attack while emergency services were providing first aid in a vehicle health, the source said.
The day before, a homeless 29-year-old had been found unconscious in the equipment room of a high school of Douai (North) where he had taken refuge. The young man had died a few hours later in the hospital.
In both cases, the victims were approached by social services in the previous day, but had declined the accommodation proposals for emergency.
Another SDF, a Belgian aged 46, was also found dead Sunday in his tent in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, near Nice (south-east), death due to cold , combined with alcohol, according to the local prefecture.
The expected drop in temperatures and the establishment of an orange level of vigilance in different departments led many cities to increase their accommodation capacities emergency.
The number of homeless in France exploded (+ 44%) in 11 years in medium and large cities, with 112,000 homeless, including 31,000 children registered in 2012, according to latest study published in November
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(© AFP / December 30, 2014 6:59 p.m.).
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