The bout of bone-chilling cold coupled with dense fog continues across the country, affecting daily life severely and causing immense sufferings for people, especially the poor and elderly.
The weather condition was particularly grave in northern, northwestern and central parts of the country where people were experiencing inadequate sunlight on Thursday amid moderate to severe cold condition.
Many stayed indoors to protect them from the shivering cold.
Meanwhile, the sale of warm clothes, room heaters, water heaters, hotpots and other products has seen a rise due to the bone-chilling cold.
A mild cold wave was sweeping over the districts of Rajshahi, Pabna, Dinajpur, Panchagarh, Nilphamari, Jashore, Chuadanga and Kushtia and it may continue, said a meteorologist at the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).
Due to the reduced difference between day and night temperatures, moderate to severe cold condition is likely to continue over the north, northwestern and central parts of the country, he said.
Hafizur Rahman, another meteorologist at the BMD, said the ongoing cold wave may continue across the country for 2-3 more days.
Country’s lowest temperature was recorded at 9 degrees Celsius in Jashore on Thursday.
In the capital, the lowest temperature was 12.5 degrees Celsius, registering a dip by 1.6 degrees from Wednesday’s 14.1 degrees. The mercury plummeted to 14.5 degrees Celsius on Tuesday and 14.7 degrees Celsius on Monday.Samsuddin, an agriculture labourer in Kushtia, said they had to stay indoors most of the time as they could not work outdoors properly due to the extreme weather. “We’re facing difficulty earning our livelihoods and running families.”
The cold spell caused cold-related diseases, including pneumonia, asthma and respiratory complications, in different parts the country, especially northern and southern districts.
The number of patients with cough, asthma and other cold-related diseases has marked a sharp rise at hospitals throughout the country, sources said.
The shivering cold and dense fog are also affecting the natural growth of seasonal crops, including Boro seedlings.
Vehicular movement on highways and operations of flights and river vessels, including ferries, got disrupted due to dense fog.