Cold wave cripples normal life in Rajshahi, Kurigram and Thakurgaon
People are suffering much as cold wave along with thick fog has crippled normal life in Rajshahi, Kurigram and Thakurgaon.
RAJSHAHI: The severity of cold has increased in the district in recent days. Along with it, the cold wave is decreasing the day's temperature.
As a result, the normal life has been crippled while the poor people are facing setback to protect themselves from the biting cold.
Experienced farmers said the agriculture sector depends on weather, and this unfavourable weather may damage different crops including potato, mustard, paddy, lentil and vegetables.
Local people said the ongoing sold spell is taking toll on the day labourers and the framers of the district. If this situation persists, mango, the cash crop of the region, will suffer damage, they added. Besides, the paddy saplings may not grow in this foul weather.
Farmer Ali Akbar of Bagha Upazila said, "Now it is time for mango buds to sprout on the trees. Meanwhile, the buds have already started to appear on some trees. Now, we are spraying different pesticides on the trees. But, if this cold spell persists, the buds may drop from the trees, and we will incur loss."
Boro farmer Afaz Uddin Sarker of Teghar Village under Paba Upazila said, "The severe cold along with thick fog damages Boro saplings. I will cultivate Boro paddy on seven bighas of land this time. I have already sowed Boro seeds. Last year, many seedbeds were damaged, but this year no seedbed has been damaged yet."
Sources said the cold spell along with thick fog has started to increase in the northern region including Rajshahi from Wednesday night.
The people living in different river basin areas are suffering much. They are trying to drive away cold by firing different stray objects. Most people are not coming out of their houses except on some emergency needs. Different diseases have broken out among the poor and distressed people.
Chairman of Horipur Union Bazle Rezby Al Hasan Munjil said, "The cold wave rather than the cold itself has worsened the situation. As a result, the people have been compelled to stay inside."
Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension Deb Dulal Dhali said, "The cold wave generally damages crops. But, still now we have got no news of such damage. We are advising farmers to take proper measures to protect the crops from the damage of thick fog."
KURIGRAM: With the increase of cold again, the people of the district are suffering much.
The lowest temperature here was recorded at 8.7° Celsius on Thursday.
In the afternoon, the people's plight increases as the cold is felt with its severe form. The sun is not visible almost all the day as thick fog covers the areas.
The cold is felt severely at different river basin areas where people cannot afford to but warm clothes due to their impoverished condition. The families living there have lost their belongings in the last year's floods.
The day labourers are the worst-sufferers as they cannot go out for work due to the severe cold. As a result, they are leading their lives amid acute hardship along with their family members.
The children and the elderly people are being affected with different cold-related diseases including diarrhoea and pneumonia. As a result, the number of patients is increasing in the local hospitals.
The poor people are trying to drive away cold by firing straw and other stray objects. Besides, the domestic animals and the poultry are suffering.
The district administration sources said they got 57,000 blankets for distribution but these are insufficient.
THAKURGAON: The cold here has invaded with its severe form in the last few days crippling the normal life of people and domestic animals and poultries.
The day labourers are suffering much as they cannot go out for income.
The children and the elderly people are getting infected with different cold-related diseases. As a result, the number of patients has increased at local hospitals.
The poor people are passing their days amid hardship as they cannot afford to buy warm clothes to protect themselves from the severe cold.
The sun is not visible almost the entire day as thick fog covers the areas.
The lands of Boro paddy and different vegetables are getting damaged due to the severe cold. As a result, the farmers are worried about imminent loss.
The poor people are trying to drive away cold by firing straw and other stray objects. The people of low income group are crowding the footpath markets to buy warm clothes.
Different private organisations distributed some warm clothes before the advent of the severe cold but now they cannot be seen in the field. The poor people alleged that most of the government allocated warm clothes do not reach their hands.
In this connection, eminent socialist M R Bokul Majumder said, "I have personally distributed some warm clothes but those are far less than the actual demand. I urge the government to look into the matter."
Ranishankoil Upazila Agriculture Officer Sanjay Deb said, "The severity of cold has increased again. This situation may continue for some days."
Family Planning Officer of Upazila Health Complex Dr Abdullahil Mafi said, "Due to the severe cold, the children and the elderly people are getting affected with different diseases. If the severity of cold persists, the number of patients may increase."
Upazila Nirbahi Officer Khandaker Nahid Hasan said, "The warm clothes allocated by the government have already been distributed. We have sent letter demanding more clothes. After we get the new allocation, it will be distributed among the poor."