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12:00 AM, December 23, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:31 PM, December 24, 2020

Cold wave likely to continue

Public sufferings caused by the ongoing cold spell remains unabated in many districts, especially in northern region.

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Farmers are struggling to protect the crops in the cold-hit areas as crops in some areas have been affected due to biting cold.

The lowest temperature was recorded at 7.1 degree Celsius at Tentulia in Panchagarh yesterday.

"Mild cold wave is sweeping over the regions of Gopalganj, Cumilla, Tentulia, Rajarhat and Chuadanga," read a weather bulletin.

"It may continue," added the bulletin of Bangladesh Meteorological Department.

"Night and day temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country," it added.

The Met office forecast for 24 hours was released at 6:00pm yesterday.

"Weather may remain dry over the country. Moderate to thick fog may occur at places over the river basins of the country and light to moderate fog may occur at places elsewhere over the country during midnight to morning," it added.

The bulletin forecast that the weather may see little change in the next 72 hours.

Our correspondents from different districts reported on the cold wave.

Blight disease are spreading in potato fields due to severe cold. Besides, Boro seedlings and peeper plants have also been damaged due to cold in some areas in In Nilphamari.

Shamim Hossain Babu, a farmer of Uttor Durakuti village in Kishoreganj, said, "I have cultivated potato in 22 bighas of land. Of these, potato of 15 decimal lands have already been attacked by disease.

"Now, I have to use insecticides, deploy guards round the clock and take other initiative to protect my potato. It will increase my production cost."

Many feared that if cold spell continued for longer period, more crops will be damaged.

Contacted, Obaidur Rahman, deputy director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in Nilphamari, said they have suggested farmers to use insecticides to protect crops.

He, however, claimed that he does not have any information of damaging crops due to cold.

Our Nilphamari correspondent contributed to this report.

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