Bone-chilling cold continues in Lalmonirhat
LALMONIRHAT, Jan 13: Severe cold spell has traumatised daily life in the district in recent days, putting people as well as animals and birds in distress.
Hundreds of poor, ultra poor and rootless people of the district are suffering much due to lack of necessary warm clothes as cold wave is prevailing across the district.
The Rangpur met office recorded the lowest temperature here at 7.3° and 7.4° Celsius in the last two days. The temperature may fall in the upcoming days in the district.
In the morning, the entire district town is blanketed with dense fog; as a result, nothing can be seen even at 10 to 11 feet distance till 11am. Vehicles are plying on the district roads with their headlights on. Few people go out from their houses in this chilling environment.
Idris Ali, chairman of Dharla river basin Kulaghat Union Parishad (UP) under Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila said, "At least 6,000 people of his union are suffering much for want of warm clothes. Though I demanded adequate supply of blankets on an emergency basis, I got only 600 blankets."
"Farmers, especially vegetables growers, are worried about their produce as traders are not coming as usual to purchase vegetables. They are apprehending huge losses due to this unfavourable situation," said Mofajjal Hossain Mofa, chairman of Rajpur UP under Sadar Upazila.
Many rickshaw and van pullers are not coming out of their respective dwellings due to this chilling cold. As a result, their regular earnings are being affected. The vulnerable groups children and elderly persons are becoming prey to cold related diseases including pneumonia, bronchitis, diarrhoea, dysentery and jaundice for the last one week.
There is no met office in Lalmonirhat but met offices sources of neighbouring districts said the day's temperature fluctuated between 6-9° Celsius in the region.
The elderly persons among the poor and ultra poor people are the worst sufferers as they do not have necessary warm clothes. People of these groups generally purchase warm clothes from makeshift shops beside the roads but this year these are selling at higher prices.
Mahmud Shafiul Arif, deputy commissioner of Lalmonirhat said, "We are distributing warm clothes among people. We got 4,000 dry food packets and it will be distributed among cold-hit poor people soon."