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People suffer as cold wave sweeps over Hili

  • Published at 09:13 pm January 20th, 2020
Hili Dinajpur
Dense fog covers Hili road Dhaka Tribune

The temperature dropped to 11°C in Dinajpur on Monday and another cold spell is likely to strike northern districts at the end of this week, says the district Met office

People of Dinajpur's Hili - the northernmost village of Bangladesh - are suffering in the severe cold which intensified after a mild rainfall on Monday.

The temperature dropped to 11°C in Dinajpur on Monday and another cold spell is likely to strike northern districts at the end of this week, says the district Met office.

While all people were forced to limit their outdoor activities in the district, children and elderly people were found to be suffering the most, reports our correspondent.

Dense fog and heavy northern winds from morning till afternoon is keeping people inside their homes, and people who work as day labourers and rickshaw pullers are distressed as they could not find work amidst the bitterly cold weather.

With inadequate warm clothing at their disposal, poor people of these areas were seen trying to stay warm by lighting up small fires.

Nahar Banu, a day labourer, said she is unable to find work in this hostile weather and it is becoming harder to provide for her family.

The weather was dry till Sunday, but after mild rainfall, the temperature started to drop, says night guard Swapan Kumar and rickshaw-van puller Minhazul Islam from Hili bazar area.

Dinajpur Meteorological Office In-charge Tofazzal Hossain said they are expecting a not-very-severe cold wave to hit the country’s northern region on Wednesday and then the rest of the country.

He said: "The temperature of Dinajpur was recorded at 11°C today, which is the second lowest in the country, and it is likely to drop to 10°C on Tuesday."

Cold-related diseases affect 5,733 people in 24 hrs 

Various cold-related diseases affected 5,733 people across the country in the last 24 hours, the government said on Monday.

Data from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) control room showed that 845 of the patients received treatment for acute respiratory infection (ARI), reports UNB.

Another 2,061 were treated for diarrhoea, and 2,827 for diseases including jaundice, inflammation in the eye, skin diseases, and fever.

Between November 1,2019, and January 20, 2020, a total of 57 deaths were reported across the country due to cold-related diseases.