Dhaka, Jan 8 (UNB) – The lowest ever temperature of the country’s history was recorded 2.6 degrees Celsius in Tentulia upazila of Panchagarh district on Monday morning, hitting poor people hard.
At least 12 people, including six children, died of cold-related diseases in Rajshahi, Kurigram and Thakurgaon districts in the last four days as the northern districts bear the brunt of a cold wave sweeping the country.
Zakir Hossain, an official at the Tentulia Meteorological observatory office, said the mercury fell to 2.6 degrees Celsius in the morning which is the lowest ever temperature in the history of last 67 years.
On Sunday, Bangladesh Met office recorded the temperature at 8.5 degrees Celsius in the district.
The lowest temperature in the country's history was recorded at 2.8 degrees Celsius in Srimangal upazila of Moulvibazar district in 1968.
Besides, Bangladesh Met office recorded 2.9 degrees Celsius in Saidpur upazila and 3 degrees Celsius in Dimla of Nilphamari district, 3.1 degrees Celsius in Rajarhat upazila of Kurigram district, 3.2 degrees Celsius in Dinajpur district, 4 degrees Celsius in Badalgachhi upazila in Naogaon district, 4.9 degrees Celsius in Rangpur district degrees Celsius, 5.3 degree Celsius in Rajshahi, 5.4 degrees Celsius in Chuadamga, 5.5 degrees Celsius in Ishwardi upazila of Pabna and Bogra district and 5.6 degrees Celsius in Jessore district, Met office said.
A severe cold wave is sweeping Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions and the regions of Tangail, Srimangal and Chuadanga.
A mild to moderate cold wave is blowing over Mymensingh and Barisal divisions, rest parts of Dhaka, Sylhet and Khulna divisions and the regions of Sandwip, Sitakunda, Comilla and Noakhali and it may continue.
Meanwhile, the lowest temperature in Dhaka was recorded 9.5 degrees Celsius in the morning.
On the other hand, the highest temperature has been recorded 25.6 degrees Celsius in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar district.
Poor people, particularly the farmers and rickshaw-pullers, have been suffering badly due to the shivering cold. Children and elderly people have been the worst victims