Cold killed 11 people over past week

The remains of eleven people who died from the cold were delivered to the State Center for Forensic Medical Examination over the past week, LETA was told at the center.

From December 31, 2016 to January 6, 2017, the cold weather claimed the lives of six men and five women. The oldest victim was an 86 years-old man who was found dead in a private house in Riga. There was no alcohol in his blood.

Three of the 11 people who froze to death over the past week were found on streets, one in a basement and one on a road.

The latest fatalities have brought the total number of people who have frozen to death in Latvia since September 1 to 51.

As reported, temperatures plunged as low as -9, -12 degrees Celsius in Kurzeme and Zemgale and -13, -18 degrees Celsius in other parts of Latvia on Thursday morning, according to the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Center’s data.

With the current spell of extremely cold weather, Riga's homeless shelters have been working 24 hours a day, and are almost completely full at night, according to information from the Riga City Council's Welfare Department.

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