According to local sources, the biting cold wind blowing in from the Himalayas is intensifying, making normal activities of the people hard around the districts. The elderly, women and children are most affected
Life has almost come to a standstill in Panchagarh and Kurigram districts due to a cold wave over the last seven days.
According to local sources, the biting cold wind blowing in from the Himalayas is intensifying, making normal activities of the people hard around the districts. The elderly, women and children are most affected.
Thousands of poor people have been suffering due to scarcity of winter clothes and food.
The cold wave has persisted over the districts for a week. Frost falls in the areas like raindrops in the evening.
Fog covers most of the day and the sun does not rise before 12 noon, with the frosty wind increasing the intensity of the cold, while the work of farmers and day labourers has come to a standstill.
Meteorological Centre Officer Rahul Islam in Tetuliaupazila said the minimum temperature recorded in the last six days was 5 degrees Celsius.
Thursday, the country’s lowest temperature of 5.8 degrees Celsius was recorded in Tetulia, said Rahul.
“We depend on a daily income. We have not been able to work in the last three days due to the biting cold, and have had to borrow money from others,” said day labourer Anwar Hossain, from the Nimnagar area in the Sadarupazila.
People from different backgrounds, including school and college students, were travelling from door-to-door to collect warm clothes for distribution among the underprivileged, said Saiful Islam of PanchagarhSadar.
Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension said agricultural activities were being disrupted by the cold wave.
“I have a blanket, but I can only cover part of my body with it while pulling the rickshaw. I cannot pull the rickshaw in such cold weather,” said rickshaw-puller Solaiman.
Dr Protik Kumar, residential medical officer of PanchagarhSadar Hospital, said the extreme cold weather has also caused outbreaks of diarrhea, pneumonia and other diseases in the district.
Children and the elderly are most affected by the cold-related diseases, he said.
In Kurigam, the plight of the common people is increasing due to the dense fog and biting cold wave. The poor suffer most as they have inadequate access to warm clothing.
Sunlight is hardly visible during the day, due to the dense fog coverage, causing day labourers to stay indoors.
The Meteorological Centre reported that the temperature recorded in the district on Thursday was 7.2 degrees Celsius.