People’s woes worsen though mercury rises


The bone-chilling cold prevailing across the country, especially the northern districts, improved slightly on Tuesday with the mercury rising by 2 degrees Celsius.

Country’s lowest temperature of 4.8 degrees Celsius was recorded in Dinajpur in the morning against 2.6 degrees, the lowest in the country’s history, recorded in Tentulia of Panchagarh on Monday.

Meanwhile, the highest temperature of 25.5 degrees Celsius was recorded in Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar.

According to the Met office, a severe cold wave is sweeping over Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions and the regions of Gopalganj, Satkhira, Jessore, Kushtia and Chuadanga, while a mild to moderate cold wave is sweeping over Mymensingh and Barisal divisions and the remaining parts of Dhaka and Khulna divisions and the regions of Sreemangal, Comilla, Chittagong and Noakhali.

Moderate to thick fog may occur at places over the country during midnight till morning, it said.

Poor people, particularly farmers and rickshaw-pullers, have been suffering badly due to the shivering cold which has almost paralysed the normal life across the country.

Children and elderly people are the worst sufferers as they are being affected by cold-related diseases. The number of patients with cold-related diseases is on the rise due to shivering cold.

People are avoiding going outside amid chilling foggy weather unless there is any emergency.

In Panchagarh, the Met office recorded 5.2 degrees Celsius in the afternoon as the entire district remained under the cover of thick fog throughout the day. The bone-chilling cold threw the poor people into miserable conditions.

People were seen trying to warm them by lighting up leaves and other natural wastages in many areas.

A total of 30,000 blankets have so far been distributed among the cold-hit people in the district which is inadequate, said Panchagarh municipality Mayor Towhidul Islam. “There’re 17 slums in the district and the slum dwellers alone need some 15,000 blankets. However, we’ve provided only 375 blankets for them,” he said.

Meanwhile, Relief and Disaster Management Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya on Tuesday said the government has allocated 28.10 lakh blankets, including 18 lakh from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, and 80,000 packets of dry food for the poor and needy people.

The blankets and food will be distributed in 20 districts which were badly hit by the cold, he said.

The districts include Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Panchagarh, Rangpur, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha and Bogra.