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Unrelenting cold wave continues

  • Published at 10:49 pm December 21st, 2019
People huddle by a small fire for warmth in Sreemangal, Moulvibazar on Saturday, Decemeber 21, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The country's lowest temperature on Saturday was recorded at 10.2°C in Jessore, up from the 8.4°C recorded in Chuadanga a day earlier

The northern cold wind has caused temperatures to drop in Bangladesh, disrupting normal life and causing suffering to people mostly in all the districts.

The country's lowest temperature on Saturday was recorded at 10.2°C in Jessore, up from the 8.4°C recorded in Chuadanga a day earlier.

While people were forced to limit their outdoor activities in many districts, children and elderly people were found suffering the most on Saturday, report our correspondents.

Due to the dense fog and cold wind, people like day laborers and farmers are seen lighting up small fires to stay warm.

The vehicles are seen using headlight in the middle of the day due to the dense fog.

In Moulvibazar, the lowest temperature in Sreemangal was recorded at 11.1°C on Saturday, Sreemangal weather office's Zahidul Islam Masum confirmed.

Sreemangal Upazila Health Complex's duty-doctor Abu Nahid said: "279 patients including adults and children have taken medical help for cold related diseases from our hospital in the last few days."

Barlekha UNO Md Shamim Al Imran said: "People in Barlekha are suffering massively in this cold weather. We are distributing warm clothes to the poor tea garden workers so that they can cope with this cold wave."

As the intensity of the cold is likely to continue, people with lower income are rushing to the street side to buy warm clothes and blanket.

Warm clothes seller Khokon Miah and Shoe seller Momin Miah, among many other foot path sellers, are busy selling warm clothes and shoes.

In Panchagarh, the country’s northern most district, the temperature was recorded at 11.3°C in the morning and 19.5°C at 3pm in the afternoon, according to Tetulia weather office .

Panchagarh DC Sabina Yasmin said: "We are distributing government allotted blankets to poor people of the district during the night. We have sent a letter to the ministry asking for more warm clothing."

In Naogaon, Badalgacchi weather office recorded lowest temperature at 12.3°C on Saturday.

Naogaon Sadar upazila UNO Abdullah Al Mamun said: "For the last three days people in Naogaon are suffering greatly due to this heavy cold. We will start distributing warm clothes to poor people very soon."

In Jhenaidah, northern wind have increased the intensity of the cold.

Jhenaidah DC Saroj Kumar Nath said: "We have distributed warm clothes to poor people in the area several times."

Our correspondents Md Saiful Islam, Moulvibazar; Sazzadur Rahman Sazzad, Panchagarh; Khondaker Md Abdur Rouf , Naogaon; and Nayan Khondoker, Jhenaidah contributed to this report.