Bone-chilling cold coupled with dense fog is seriously affecting daily life 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 and western regions of the country where people are experiencing inadequate sunlight coupled with severe cold wave.Country’s lowest temperature 5.5 degrees Celsius was recorded in Sreemangal of Sylhet while the mercury dipped to 10 degrees in Dhaka on Monday.
Severe cold wave is sweeping over Nilphamari, Chuadanga and Moulvibazar districts and it may continue for one or two more days, said Abdur Rahman, a meteorologist of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).
“Mild to moderate cold wave is sweeping over Dhaka, Mymensingh, Rajshahi and Barishal divisions and elsewhere over Rangpur and Khulna divisions and the regions of Sitakunda, Rangamati, Cumilla, Feni, Sandwip and Hatiya and it may continue for two to four days,” he said.
Normal life and business activities were disrupted due to the bone-biting cold. Day labourers and slum dwellers are suffering much for shortages of warm clothes and most of the time they have to stay idle due to crisis of work.
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 suffering as they have no option but to go outside to earn their living.Most of the people have stayed inside their home to save themselves from the bone-biting cold. Sales of warm clothes, room heaters, water heater, hot pots and different products have risen due to the bone-biting cold.
Amirul Islam, an agricultural labourer in Gaibandha, said, “They have to stay at home most of the time and can’t work properly. They are facing difficulties in running their families for this reason.”
The cold spell is causing cold-related diseases, including pneumonia, asthma and respiratory complications, across the country, particularly in the northern and southern districts.
The number of patients with cough, asthma and other cold-related diseases has marked a sharp rise in different parts of the country, hospital sources said.
Dense fog and biting cold are affecting natural growth of seasonal crops, including Boro seedlings.
The movement of aircraft and river vessels, including ferries, got disrupted due to dense fog in many places.