The sweeping cold wave, accompanied by dense fog, is making the life harder for the residents of Panchagarh, Chuadanga, and Chapainawabganj districts. According to Bangladesh Met office, the mercury dropped below 6 degrees Celsius in recent days, making it hard for people to move out, even during the daytime, as dense fog hides the sun reducing the visibility.
Elderly people and children are the worst sufferers, as the cold wave has hit them hard with various diseases. Hospitals in the districts are struggling to deal with the growing number of patients affected with cold-related diseases like diarrhoea, pneumonia and respiratory problem, local media reports said.
The country’s lowest temperature was recorded in Panchagarh over the last six days. This season’s lowest temperature was recorded 5.1 degrees Celsius at Tetulia in the district on Dec 31. Locals are staying home due to the bone-chilling cold for lack of warm clothes.
The Met office recorded 5.9 degrees Celsius of temperature in the district on Friday (Jan 4) morning which is the lowest in the country.
A severe cold wave is sweeping Panchagarh district in Rangpur division, while a mild to moderate cold wave is sweeping Rajshahi and the rest parts of Rangpur and the regions of Tangail, Faridpur, Madaripur, Gopalganj, Satkhira, Jashore, Kushtia, Sreemangal, Bhola and Barishal, and it may continue for the next few days.
The Met office recorded 5.9 degrees Celsius of temperature in Panchagarh on Friday.