Cold continues sweeping northern districts
26 January 2016, Nirapad News: Normal life still remained affected as the bone chilling cold wave has been sweeping over the sub-Himalayan northern districts for the third consecutive day today causing untold sufferings to the common people.
Despite appearance of the sun for few hours, the intensity of the bone-chilling cold wave remained almost unchanged following further falls in the minimum temperatures during the past 24 hours ending at 6 pm today, official and local sources said.
According to the Meteorological Office sources, the minimum temperatures marked fall while maximum temperatures registered little rise at most monitoring points in the northern districts during the past 24 hours till this evening.
The Met Office recorded the minimum temperature of 8.8 degrees Celsius and maximum of 19.5 degrees in Rangpur today against yesterday’s minimum of 9.5 degrees and maximum of 17.2 degrees Celsius respectively.
The today’s minimum temperatures were 8.2 degrees Celsius against yesterday’s 8 degrees at Dinajpur, 8.9 degrees against yesterday’s 9 degrees at Syedpur, 9 degrees like yesterday at Dimla and 8.5 degrees against yesterday’s 9 degrees Celsius at Rajarhat points the region.
However, the maximum temperatures marked little rise during the past 24 hours till this afternoon and ranged between 19 degrees and 22 degrees Celsius in the northern districts today.
Due to the prevailing minimum gap between the maximum and minimum temperatures during the past few days, intensity of biting cold continues to cause untold miseries to the common people almost everywhere.
“We have distributed some 30,000 pieces of blankets among the cold-hit people so far to mitigate their sufferings in Rangpur and further intensified distribution process,” District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer of Rangpur Faridul Haque told BSS this evening.
The district and upazila administrations, NGOs, business bodies, banks and financial institutions, voluntary, socio- cultural, charitable and professional organisations have also intensified distribution of warm clothes among the cold- hit people.
Reports reaching from the remote and sandy char areas of Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, Rangpur, Nilphamari, Bogra and Sirajganj districts on the Brahmaputra basin said sufferings of thousands of people living there remained unchanged today.
The number of cold- related patients continues to increase in the northern districts making the elderly people, children and babies as the worst sufferers, doctors in the hospitals and health complexes said.
Rangpur Divisional Deputy Director (Health) Dr Mozammel Hossain said adequate steps have been taken in the hospitals and health complexes to provide proper treatment to the cold- related patients and no incident of cold-related death was reported so far.
Horticulture Socialist of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Khandker Md Mesbahul Islam said the situation deteriorated during the past three days due to adverse impacts of the climate change causing sufferings to the people.