Ministry issues ‘code red’ alert to protect homeless in extreme cold

Minister of Human Resources Miklos Kasler has issued a "code red" alert to protect homeless people from extremely cold weather forecast for the coming days, a ministry official said on Saturday.

State secretary for social affairs Attila Fulop told a press conference in a temporary shelter operated by the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta that the “code red” alert requires any residential care institution to accommodate homeless people if the network of homeless shelters fills up.

The alert will be in force from Sunday noon until Tuesday at 10am as evening temperatures are forecast to drop under 10 degrees Celsius, he added.

He said homeless shelters were at 79 percent capacity for the whole country and at 74 percent in Budapest.

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