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Heat wave adds to agony amid lockdown

Published : 25 Apr 2021 10:05 PM | Updated : 25 Apr 2021 10:53 PM

Blistering heat was felt in almost all parts of the country except Rangpur division on Sunday. The highest temperature of 40 degrees Celsius has been recorded in Jessore. Temperatures in most parts of the rest of the region were 37, 38, and 39 degrees Celsius.

The blazing heat has heightened the sufferings of people amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing lockdown. The suffering is not likely to diminish soon as the temperature likely to rise in next few days, according to the report of the Meteorological office.

According to the Meteorological Department, temperature was recorded at 38 degree celcius in Dhaka, 37 in Tangail, 38.2 in Faridpur, 37.5 in Madaripur, 38.5 in Gopalganj, 36 in Nikli, 36 in Mymensingh, 36 in Netrokona, 36.1 in Sandwip and 39.5 in Shitakundu. Comilla was at 38.5, Chandpur 38, Maijdi Court 37.5, Feni 37.8, Hatia 37.4, Cox's Bazar 36.7, Kutubdia 35.5, Teknaf 35.7, Sylhet 35.7, Srimangal 37. 4, 39 in Rajshahi, 38 in Ishwardi, 36.7 in Bogra, 36.4 in Badalgachhi, 35.7 in Tarash, 34.5 in Rangpur, 35 in Dinajpur, 35.8 in Syedpur, 34.8 in Tentulia, 34.5 in Dimla, 34.5 in Rajarhat, 34 in Khulna. 39.6, Mongla 39.4, Satkhira 38.2, Jessore 40, Chuadanga 39.5, Kumarkhali 38, Barisal 36.2, Patuakhali 38.3, Khepupara 36.7 and 38 degree celcius in Bhola.

Abdul Motin, living at the outskirt of the capital city Kamrangirchar told Bangladesh Post that in such heat, it becomes impossible to stay in their crowded messes.

He said, “The roofs are made of tin, and that makes the insides even more hot during the day. Especially in the current days of Ramadan, it becomes suffocating to work under such weather.”

Parvin Begum, a resident of the slum near Hazaribagh in the capital said, “All sufferings have accumulated together in these days. Ramadan is supposed to be a blessing but life is only getting difficult. The lockdown contributed to the hardship and the heat is making life more miserable. The humidity makes suffocating the working place especially while fasting”.

Heat wave is blowing in some areas of Chittagong and Sylhet. Although there is a heat flow, the feeling of humidity is a bit less. There is less water vapor in the air, hence there is less heat in some of these areas.