Mizanur Rahman Suhel, Nabiganj
An unusual scene greeted the people of Nabiganj on Sunday morning as they woke up to see a totally different rural atmosphere surrounding them. An umbrella of heavy dense fog covered up the entire upazila, reducing visibility almost next to nothing.
On the streets, people only two feet away couldn’t be seen at all and the ringing sounds of rickshaw bells coming out of nearby fog told that a vehicle is approaching. With headlights burning brightly, high speed long-distance buses and private cars at times were running over the empty Nabiganj-Aushkandi main road.
In total absence of the sun, those who are accustomed to morning walk were at a loss to guess how much time has passed since leaving the house. Scores of people usually throng the banks of Bibiana River in other mornings, but today only a few dared to venture out.
School-going children and office-goers as well as day labourers and other workers suffered a lot due to acute shortage of public vehicles on the streets of the otherwise heavily busy upazila.Toddler Nusrat, daughter of Suman from Aushkandi union of the upazila, passed the previous night all excited taking all kinds of preparations for Sunday was her first school day. Striding bravely holding her father’s hand wrapped in warm clothes, the little girl was seen going to school in the foggy cold morning.
Her mother, housewife Priya, was a little late to leave the bed due to laziness of the foggy morning. Priya also waited beside the father and daughter for a rickshaw for a long time. After getting a rickshaw, Nusrat was a bit hesitant to ride on, glancing at her surroundings she was repeatedly telling her mother, “Ma, the day has not dawned yet.”
Garment worker teenage Shahana, also from Aushkandi, was walking hurriedly in almost zero visibility. Every morning she goes to work on foot. She is obliged to punch her entry card within 8am. She told the Bangladesh Post: “Due to foggy weather, I am half an hour late today.”
Day labourer Soleman Miya, sitting at a street intersection of the upazila with some others said, “On other days, contractors usually come to the place within 7am to hire us on a
daily basis; but today, it is already 8am with no contractor’s face yet showing up.”
“The fog has grounded the contractors,” he said.
The fog reigned over the upazila for several hours and after 10am it started disappearing.