Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Cold wave disrupts civic life in northern region

Published 9:15 pm | December 19, 2019

The season’s first sweeping mild cold wave sharply deteriorated the weather disrupting civic life in the northern region today, officials and local sources said. The situation deteriorated following sharp falls in the minimum and
maximum temperatures by 2 to 3 degrees Celsius in the last 24 hours ending at 6 pm today causing miseries to commoners in the northern region.

The sun remained covered behind clouds and fogs throughout the day without appearance of the sun, affecting normal life here. Talking to BSS, Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh, Mamunur Rashid said abnormal behavior of weather has been visible in the recent years due to adverse impact of climate change.

“The farm-labourers could not conduct normal work and fewer numbers of people were seen outside homes as the thick layers of fog covered the sun throughout the day today,” he added.

According to the Met Office sources, the minimum temperature of 11 degrees Celsius was recorded at 6 am and maximum of 16.5 degrees at 4 pm today in Rangpur city. The minimum and maximum temperatures were recorded as 13 degrees and 18.5 degrees Celsius respectively at Rangpur yesterday (Wednesday).

Similarly, the minimum temperatures recorded today were 10 degrees Celsius at Saidpur, 10.7 degrees at Dimla and Tentulia, 10.1 degrees at Dinajpur and 9.8 degrees Celsius at Rajarhat monitoring points in the sun-Himalayan region.

According to the sources in hospitals, upazila health complexes and community clinics, the number of pneumonia, fever, asthma and respiratory problem patients marked rise forcing the doctors to remain very busy today. District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer ATM Akhteruzzaman of Rangpur said the government has allocated 64,350 pieces of blankets for distribution among the cold-stricken poor and distressed people of the district.

“We have already allocated 47,200 pieces of blankets in favour of all eight upazila administrations and those are being distributed among the cold- hit people with the assistance of local public representatives,” he said. Besides, different NGOs, charitable, voluntary and other organisations have also started distribution of blankets, sweaters, mufflers, rappers and other warm clothes among the cold-hit people.

Deputy Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension at its Rangpur regional office Md. Moniruzzaman said the weather might affect normal growth of Rabi crop plants, including potato and Boro seedlings, if the situation continues for a few more days.

Talking to BSS this evening, Editor SM Nurul Amin Sarker of the Weekly Juger Khabar published from Chilmari in Kurigram said sufferings of the poor living in remote char areas mounted following sudden falls in temperatures today.

“Distribution of warm clothes should be intensified further to mitigate sufferings of the cold-hit poorer section of people living in the riverine char areas on the Brahmaputra basin in the north,” he suggested.

According to reports reaching from remote areas in Panchagarh, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, Rangpur, Kurigram and Nilphamari districts, normal life has been severely affected due to sweeping cold wave.

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