Extreme Phoenix heat poses danger to homeless

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PHOENIX (AP) -- With temperatures expected to hit 113 degrees in Phoenix this weekend, advocates for the homeless are scrambling to prevent deaths among people who have limited options to escape the heat.

The Maricopa County Association of Governments estimates there are 20 percent more homeless people in the Phoenix metro area than last year because of the weakened economy.

They also cite the economy for a decrease in donations of lifesaving water.

Add those two factors with extreme heat, and deaths could easily occur.

Already two people in the Phoenix area have died of heat-related illnesses this year, and five more deaths are suspected to have been caused by the heat.

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