Winter starts hitting ultra poor people in Lalmonirhat
LALMONIRHAT, Dec 7: The people of low-income group, especially the char dwellers and the distressed ones, who live at five upazilas of the district are suffering much due to arrival of winter in the region.
As most of them have no warm clothes, they have to face cold during the morning and the night. They cannot buy warm clothes from the market due to their impoverished condition. Every year they wait for help from the government or non-government organisations.
Afsar Uddin, 52, a rickshaw puller of Votmari Village under Hatibandha Upazila said, "I am the only earner of our five-member family. I earn Tk 200 to 250 per day. Buying warm clothes is a luxury for me."
Harun Miah, 35, a restaurant labourer said, "I have three children and aged father and mother. But till now I could not buy any warm clothes for my seven-member family."
Samiran Bewa, 65, of Char Chinatuli Village in Sadar Upazila, said she runs her family through begging but she can't go out in the morning because of cold weather.
Chairman of Rajapur Union Parishad Mofazzal Hossain Mofa said, "The sufferings of char people, especially the aged and the children, have mounted as the winter has arrived in the district. Many people from char villages in my union crowd my home and office for warm clothes but I have nothing to do in this connection since no government allocation has reached here till now."
Rangpur met office sources said, the lowest 12° Celsius temperature has been recorded here in the last six days, but it was 16° Celsius at the same time last year.
District Relief and Rehabilitation Office sources said 375 blankets have been allocated for 45 unions and two municipalities and the allocation has been sent to the concerned upazilas which will be distributed among the distressed people.