PEOPLE in Ireland are being told to look out for older, vulnerable neighbours as the cold snap dubbed the ‘Beast from the East’ intensifies.
Temperatures are set to drop to as low as -7c this week as a status yellow weather warning remains in place across the emerald isle.
Potentially, levels of snowfall not seen for the last 36 years could also be on the way.
The extreme weather across Ireland and the UK has prompted fears that the elderly could be left housebound and unable to restock on food and medication.
Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring suggested neighbours could visit the shops to get essentials for those in need.
As temperatures begin to drop as the cold winds from Russia arrive in Northern Ireland PHA is advising everyone to look after themselves and their neighbours during the #freeze. #weatheraware pic.twitter.com/8sIzT7cvoU
— Public Health Agency (@publichealthni) February 26, 2018
“Older people and those living alone are often most vulnerable to these cold snaps,” he said.
“It’s important to look out for older people not only in isolated rural areas but also in built up urban areas.
“I urge people throughout the country to check in on your neighbours by phone or, if possible, in person. It is particularly important to check if people have enough food, fuel and medication.”
The Public Health Agency (PHA) in Northern Ireland urged people to wear layers, eat well and ensure their houses are properly heated.
They tweeted: “As temperatures begin to drop as the cold winds from Russia arrive in Northern Ireland PHA is advising everyone to look after themselves and their neighbours during the freeze.”