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Cold wave sweeps parts of Bangladesh

Farmers in Kurigram worry about the harvest


| Updated: January 29, 2022 10:04:16


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The mild to moderate cold wave swept Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions, and the districts of Gopalgonj, Tangail, Jashore, Mymensingh, Moulvibazar and Kushtia on Friday, making life difficult for many people.

According to the weather department, the cold wave may continue and spread during the next two days, reports UNB.

 “Weather may remain dry with the temporary partly cloudy sky over the country, with chances of moderate to thick fog over the river basins and light to moderate fog may occur elsewhere over the country during midnight to morning,” the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) said in its bulletin.

Night temperature may fall by 1-2 degrees. The day temperature may fall slightly over the country, according to the department.

According to the Met Office, the ridge of sub-continental high extends up to West Bengal and adjoining the northwestern part of Bangladesh. Seasonal low lies over the South Bay.

In the past 24 hours, the weather department recorded 1mm of rainfall in Srimangal and 9 mm in Maijdee court.

According to bdnews24.com, Gripped by a moderate cold wave, life in Kurigram has almost come to a standstill as dense fog and chilly winds sweep through the northern district.

On Friday, the mercury dropped to 6.1 degrees Celsius in Kurigram, said Anisur Rahman, an official at the Rajarhat Weather Observatory.

The cold spell is likely to last for another two to three days, according to him.

The weather has hit lower-income families the hardest, forcing them to brave the cold while looking for work.

Farmers worry that the thick fog and frigid air could spoil the Boro seedbeds and potato fields.

Abdar Hossain, a farmer in Kurigram's Tapurchar, said they are frequently using anti-fungal spray to save the potato field from fungus.

”I spent a lot on potato farming this time. But now, I’m worried the severe cold will spoil the growing potato plants.”

The cold wave, however, will not affect crops as it is likely to relent soon, according to Md Shamsuddin Mia, training officer at the Kurigram Department of Agricultural Extension.

In order to assist the cold-stricken people, the government has distributed Tk 10 million worth of blankets alongside the 35,700 provided by the Prime Minister’s Relief and Welfare Fund, said Abdul Hai, district relief and rehabilitation officer.

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