Bone-chilling cold coupled with dense fog is affecting daily life seriously in most parts of the country as people are suffering from various cold-related diseases and cannot go outside to do their work.
The situation is grave particularly in the northern region of the country where people are experiencing inadequate sunlight due to dense fog.People living in the open and public spaces like bus and railway stations are the most vulnerable to the biting cold as they cannot afford to buy warm clothes.
Day labourers and slum dwellers are also suffers as they have no option but to go outside to earn their living.
Passengers of buses, launches, trains and airplanes are suffering a lot as dense fog is disrupting ferry services, flight operations and vehicular movement on roads.
On Saturday, people experienced long tailbacks on Shimulia-Kawrakandi and Daulatdia-Paturia routes as ferry services on the routes were seriously hampered.
Flight operations at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport were hampered while some flights were rescheduled in the wake of foggy weather conditions, airport sources said.
The cold spell has also triggered cold-related diseases like pneumonia, asthma and respiratory complications in the northern districts.Children with complaints of pneumonia and cold-related diarrhoea increased in the hospitals across the country, ICDDRB sources said.
Hospitals are treating a growing number of patients with cold-related illnesses, said Dr Ayesha Akhter of Health Emergency Operations Control Room under the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
Over 6,000 patients have received treatment for diarrhoea in the hospitals during the last three days. Dense fog may also affect the normal growth of crops and Boro seedlings.
Cold wind and dense fog aggravated the situation, said weathermen Hafizur Rahman of Bangladesh Meteorological Department.
Temperature will rise slightly after December 22 and it will again fall gradually after December 26, said the meteorologist of BMD.
The country’s lowest temperature 10.1 degrees Celsius was recorded in Faridpur while the highest 26.6 degrees Celsius in Teknaf on Saturday, the met office said.
The capital’s lowest temperature was 12.2 degree Celsius on Saturday. The capital city did not witness any sunlight on Saturday.
The country may witness one or two mild to moderate cold waves in the last part of December.
At least two cold waves may sweep through the country in January next year, according to a three month forecast by the Bangladesh Meteorological Department.