Jan. 24 - Homeless people feel the chill as cold spell blankets Latvia in snow. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Latvia is hit by a cold spell with frigid temperatures forcing an increasing number of homeless people to search refuge in shelters to avoid frostbites or even death caused by the cold.
Social workers from Riga social shelters drive around the city and invite homeless people to spend the nights in shelters. But the social workers also admit that many homeless are resilient to leave their accommodations in abandoned buildings and garages. They go to the shelters only as a very last resort.
According to the Latvian weather forecast, temperatures are expected to rise in late January with another cold front due in February.
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