'Harrowing social media images of homeless people covered in snow have raised concerns that many dispossessed Americans might freeze to death from the severe cold gripping the American east and Midwest.
The recent Arctic freeze, which began last week, had claimed the lives of at least 21 people as of Sunday.
The cold wave broke at least 40 cold-temperature records on Thursday, prompting worries about the lives of thousands of homeless people living in the affected areas could lose their lives as a result of hypothermia.
Here we are complaining of the cold..thank god you have heat.. because they just peeled 15 bodies off the streets of Chicago from being frozen to death?
If u find some one homeless people around u when its negative degrees..please call 9 1 1 let them know #snowday #coldweather pic.twitter.com/wo0Xr1oIAc
— Srikanth Annamareddy (@srikanth_2634) January 29, 2019
In Chicago, one of the cities hardest hit, officials started to take emergency measures after the National Weather Service warned citizens that frostbite was possible in under 10 minutes.
An estimated 80,000 people are homeless in the Chicago area, though the actual number could be much bigger as the estimates vary a great deal.
City authorities in Detroit, Cleveland and Chicago have attempted to locate and shelter the homeless. But the prospect of seeking refuge in shelters is not so much appealing to the homeless.'
Read more: Fears hypothermia will kill homeless during historic cold snap in US Midwest