More hardship for poor as cold spell likely to linger | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 18, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:52 AM, January 18, 2021

More hardship for poor as cold spell likely to linger

The bone-chilling cold in the country's northern and north-eastern region that is causing immense public sufferings may prolong as the ongoing cold wave may continue.

A bulletin of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) yesterday said, "Mild cold wave is sweeping over the regions of Dinajpur, Sayedpur, Nilphamari, Bogura, Naogaon and Srimangal. It may continue.

"Weather may remain dry over the country. Moderate to thick fog may occur during midnight to morning and it may continue till noon at places over northern part of the country."

The bulletin also said that night temperature may fall slightly over southern part of the country and it may remain nearly unchanged elsewhere over the country. Day temperature may remain nearly unchanged.

The 24-hour bulletin was released at 9:00am yesterday.

The bulletin said, "Rainfall activity is likely at the end period."

Yesterday's lowest temperature was recorded as 7.5 degree Celsius at Sreemangal of Moulvibazar, said the BMD's bulletin.

Meanwhile, poor and underprivileged residents of shoal area in Lalmonirhat and Kurigram are facing double blow as they are suffering from shortage of warm clothes.

Mominul Islam, 48, a farmer of Char Jatrapur in ​​Kurigram Sadar upazila, said, "The intensity of cold is so severe that people do not go out of home without a major reason. But we have to go to crop land for cultivation."

Mubarak Hossain, 52, a day laborer of Kalmati area in ​​Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila, said, "When we go out of home, it seems that our body is getting paralysed. We cannot move our hands and legs properly. Nevertheless, we have to go to work for earning livelihood."

"We don't have sufficient warm clothes because we cannot afford those. We are facing dire straits," he added.

Although blankets are distributed among the cold hit poor people by the government and some NGOs, but these are not sufficient, said locals.

There are around 400 char areas of the Brahmaputra, Dudhkumar, Teesta, Dharla and Jinjiram Rivers in Kurigram and Lalmonirhat.

Most of the people of these areas are extreme poor. So, their need should to be provided, locals demanded.

Our Lalmonirhat correspondent contributed to this report.


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