Winter woes to continue

Cold-related diseases kill 50 since November

Shivering in bone-chilling winter at different parts of the country will have little to no respite in the coming week, as the government reports 50 deaths from cold-related diseases since November. The Met Office on Sunday said temperature across the country will climb gradually from Tuesday, but the mercury will fall again as rain is likely to occur in the first week of January, reports UNB.

Panchagarh shivered in 4.5 degrees Celsius temperature on Sunday, the lowest of this season, as a cold wave sweeps over the northern part of the country, the Met Office said in a regular forecast. Mild to moderate cold waves sweeping over Rangpur, Rajshahi and Mymensingh divisions and the regions of Kushtia, Moulvibazar and Tangail may continue.

The weather will likely remain dry until Monday evening while moderate to thick fog may occur at places during midnight to morning, said Met Office. Meanwhile, cold-related diseases affected 4,150 people across the country in the last 24 hours, the government said. Data from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) control room showed that the patients were treated for acute respiratory infection, diarrhoea, and other diseases, including jaundice, inflammation in the eye, skin diseases, and fever.

Fifty people were killed by cold-related diseases since November 1. Tetulia keeps shivering “The season’s lowest temperature was recorded in Tetulia at 9am,” said M Rohidul Islam Rohid, acting officer of Tetulia Weather Observatory. He said the temperature was 5.4 degrees Celsius at 6am on Sunday and it fell to 4.5 degrees Celsius at 9am.

The sun was out in the morning, but it did not make any difference. Tetulia, the last border town in Bangladesh’s north, regularly experiences bone-chilling cold during winter. On January 8 last year, the mercury had plummeted to 2.6 degrees Celsius, the lowest-ever recorded temperature in the country’s history.

Panchangarh has a population of 544,746, according to government data. The district administration said it distributed about 40,000 blankets so far, but the cold-affected people say the number is scant.