RAJSHAHI The temperature in the region has been declined by two degrees Celsius today that triggered further sufferings of the people caused by cold wave.

Local Met office recorded the season's lowest temperature 8.7 degrees

Celsius today against yesterday's 10.7 degrees Celsius in Rajshahi escalating its cold intensity.

Anwara Begum, Senior Observatory Officer of Rajshahi Meteorological

Office, said the lowest temperature is being fluctuated by two to three

degrees Celsius daily for the last couple of days.

So, the possibility of reducing cold wave is thin , she said, adding

that similar situation may continue till next two or three days.

Meanwhile, the life of the people living in the slums and chars on the

Ganges basin has become worse as they experience more cold bite than that of

the mainland.

Md Muniruzzaman, president of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industries,

said the unusual situation has forced the people to stay inside residences

and sufferings of the day labourers, rickshaw pullers and farm workers have

intensified further due to the cold.

The number of patients suffering from cold related diseases like cough,

fever and asthma have increased at different hospitals including Rajshahi

Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) for the last couple of days, said Dr

Saiful Ferdous, Deputy Director of RMCH.

He said around 100 patients inflicted with cold-related diseases are being

admitted in the hospital every day.

Cultivation of potato, chili and Irri-Boro may be affected if the situation

continues , said Dev Dulal Dhali, Deputy Director of the Department of

Agriculture Extension.

Meanwhile, the district and upazila administrations, authorities,

organisations, public and private bodies and many NGOs have intensified

distribution of warm clothes among the cold-hit people.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)