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Cold snap threatens most vulnerable in US

New York city shelters take in close to 55,000 homeless people every night, including 22,000 children.

Last updated: 07 Jan 2014 22:20
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New York shelters are taking about 55,000 homeless people, 22,000 of whom are children, every night as the city suffers from a prolonged cold snap.

The city's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, has reinstated a law which guarantees shelter to anyone whenever the temperature drops below freezing for more than four hours.

Al Jazeera's Cath Turner reports from New York.

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