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Cold weather affects public life in Rajshahi

Cold weather affects public life in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI, Jan 13: Sufferings of low-income group people have escalated more with mounting intensity of cold coupled with a mild cold wave in the region. Local sources said the people who dependent on manual labour are facing an awkward position because their efforts of searching work are being hindered by the natural calamity badly. Local Met office sources said the intensity of cold is being experienced more due to the reduction of gap between the lowest and highest temperaturse. The office recorded the lowest temperature 10.1 degrees Celsius today against the highest 19 degrees Celsius in Rajshahi. Meanwhile, the life of the people living in the slums and chars on the Ganges basin has become worse as they experience more cold biting than that of the mainland. Muniruzzaman, president of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the unusual situation has been preventing people from going outside of residences, particularly in the morning and the evening. The suffering of daily wage earners such as day labourers, rickshaw pullers and farm labourers has intensified due to the cold, reports BSS. The number of patients suffering from cough, fever, asthma and other acute respiratory tract infections sharply increased at different hospitals including Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) for the last couple of days, said Dr Saiful Alam, deputy director of RMCH. In addition to the sufferings of people, particularly the poor, cultivation, especially potatoes, chilli and seedbed of Irri-Boro might be affected if the situation prolongs, said Dev Dulal Dhali, additional 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 distressed cold-hit people.

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