Government worries about homeless in cold weather

  • 2006-01-18
  • By TBT staff
TALLINN 's Local governments should be responsible for finding temporary shelters for homeless people during the Baltic's bitter cold winter, said the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Communications, which is responsible for the housing sphere.

The ministry added that businessmen should cooperate with the local governments, allowing people to stay, for example, in bus and railway stations around the clock.

"Empty warehouses or other similar structures should be opened as well. If possible, hot beverages or something similar could be offered to allievate the cold," the ministry said in its announcement.

Estonian weather forecasters have warned that temperatures will drop quickly over the next few days - as low as negative 35 degrees Centigrade. The freezing weather could last more than five days.