Bangladesh – Cold wave paralyzes life across country

17 Jan 2017 – The countrymen, specially the poor people of the northern region, are suffering most due to lack of warm clothes.

According to met office sources, mild to moderate cold wave is sweeping over Rangpur, Rajshahi and Khulna divisions and the regions of Tangail, Faridpur, Madaripur, Gopalgonj, Barisal, Bhola and Srimonga.

On Friday, a low of 6.6C was recorded in Rangpur.  (That’s 44F.)

Sources said children and the elderly are suffering from various cold-related diseases. A huge number of patients are thronging the hospitals. The people of villages and char areas are in great misery as they could not go to work outdoors due to severe cold and heavy fog.

Md Nawjesh Chowdhury, a physician in Modern area of Rangpur, said people are suffering a lot due to biting cold of the last few days. “Children and elderly people are the worst sufferers,” he said. “People are not going outside their houses without emergency. They need warm clothes on emergency basis so that they can protect themselves from the shivering cold,” he said.

It has been learnt from Rangpur district relief and rehabilitation office that 50 thousand blankets had been distributed among the poor in eight upazilas. More 20,000 blankets are still required for the needy.

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