Cold affects life across country

Staff Correspondent

25 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The country, especially northern, eastern and middle western regions, is experiencing cold and  dense fog, which is affecting daily life, ferry services and flight operation.

The cold spell has also led to a rise in cold-related diseases, including pneumonia, asthma and respiratory complications, in northern districts.

A cold wave is sweeping through everywhere of the country, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).

Country’s lowest temperature 9.7 degrees Celsius was recorded in Sreemangal of Moulvibazar on Sunday while the mercury dipped to 13.7 degrees in Dhaka.

People living in open and public spaces like bus stands and railway stations, day labourers and slum dwellers are most vulnerable to the cold snap as they cannot afford warm clothes.

The number of patients with cough, asthma and other cold-related diseases has marked a rise in different areas of the northern region, hospital sources said.

The number of pneumonia and diarrhoea patients, mostly children and elderly people, continues to increase due to the bone-chilling cold there.

Sources said the ferry movement on Paturia-Daulatdia route resumed after a suspension of 11 and half hours due to the poor visibility caused by dense fog. Md Jillur Rahman, deputy general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) at Paturia, said the ferry services on the route resumed around 10am on Sunday.

The ferry movement was suspended at 10:30pm on Saturday due to the poor visibility as the dense fog blanketed the river route.

Over 600 vehicles, including buses and trucks, got stranded on both sides of the route following the suspension of the ferry services.

With this, the ferry movement on this route was disrupted for seven consecutive days.

Thick fog is also disrupting the flight operation at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka as the authorities were forced to reschedule flights, airport sources said.

Passengers of buses and planes had to wait long hours due to the disruption to ferry and flight operations.

The current cold spell may continue throughout the week and a moderate cold wave may occur after January 28, said Arif Hossain, a meteorologist at the BMD.

Weather may remain dry with temporary partly cloudy sky over the country while moderate to thick fog may occur over the country during midnight to noon, according to the BMD.