Rangpur, Feb 06: The lowest temperature of the country dropped to 6.9 degrees Celsius at Tentulia, exposing the poor, elderly people and children to intense miseries there today as elsewhere in the northern region.
The Met Office sources said the minimum temperatures dropped by one to three degrees Celsius in the last 24 hours ending at 9 am today following rainfalls on Friday and Saturday in the region.
Besides, the minimum temperatures recorded today were 10.2 degrees Celsius each at Rangpur and Dinajpur, 9.5 degrees at Saidpur, 9.2 degrees Celsius at Dimla and 9.4 degrees Celsius at Rajarhat monitoring points in the region.
Meanwhile, the maximum temperatures remained mostly unchanged at most places during the same period in the northern region.
The weather marked slight improvement as the sun appeared in the northern districts since noon bringing easiness to common people for about four hours.
However, the sun again went behind clouds and thick layers of fog after 4 pm when the weather started becoming cooler forcing most people to return home and stay indoors.
Dense layers of clouds and fog amid blowing cooler winds started causing a chilling cold, exposing the poor, elder citizens and minor children to extreme miseries since late this afternoon.
Talking to BSS, Divisional Director (Health) Dr. Abu Md. Zakirul Islam said doctors continued to treat higher number of people with cough, fever, asthma and other cold- related diseases at the hospitals and health facilities today like in recent days.
“We have adequate stock of medicines and special steps were taken at the government-run health facilities to treat cold-related patients, including babies and children,” he added.
Officials at hospitals, upazila health complexes and community clinics said the number of patients with cough, fever; asthma and other cold- related diseases continued increasing today like in recent days.
Divisional Commissioner Md. Abdul Wahhab Bhuiyan said that distribution of warm clothes continues among cold- hit distressed people in all eight northern districts under Rangpur division.
At the same time, different political, voluntary, professional, socio-cultural and charitable organizations, trade bodies and other institutions are distributing warm clothes among the cold-stricken people to mitigate their sufferings.
Additional Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension for Rangpur region Agriculturist Md. Mahbubur Rahman said the sweeping cold wave and recent rainfalls did not cause any major harm to the growing Rabi crop plants.
“The field level DAE officials are assisting farmers to take proper care of growing Rabi crop plants and Boro rice seedlings in the region where transplantation of Boro rice seedlings continues in full swing despite the cold wave,” he added.