Operation launched to help homeless ahead of cold snap
A severe cold snap is on its way and authorities in Swiss cities are getting the homeless off the streets.
Forecasters say cold air from Siberia is going to settle across Western Europe next week – and overnight temperatures could drop as low as minus 15 in some areas. But with high winds, the chill factor will make it feel more like minus 30.
In Bern, Zurich and Sankt Gallen volunteers are walking the streets to find people living rough and suggesting they go to a shelter – or find friends they can stay with for a few days.
Emergency soup kitchens are also being set up.
Car owners are also being warned about parking near lakes. The cold weather and high winds could see cars engulfed with heavy ice – as happened in 2012 around Lakes Geneva and Constance.