A cold wave continued to sweep over most parts of the country’s northern and southwestern regions on Tuesday.
Dhaka Tribune’s district correspondents have reported great sufferings of people, particularly those in the low income segment, from the regions hit by the bitter cold.
The daily wage earners as well as those involved in farming found it difficult to work in the cold and windy weather.
In Sunamganj, the transplantation of paddy seedlings had to be suspended because of the weather.
Motin Mia from Dharmapasa Upazila said: “In Haor areas this year, the level of water is high. Now that the water remains so cold, we do not dare to go to the fields to transplant the seedlings of Boro Paddy.”
Farmers in Habiganj district also noted that they could not find day labourers to work in the Boro fields in this adverse weather.
People wait for winter clothes
Poor and distressed people in slum areas and open spaces were found to be suffering from the lack of warm clothes. They are still looking forward to getting winter clothes as aid, either from the government or from any other quarter.
At Rajshahi Railway Station area, day laborer Yakub Ali was seen trying to battle the cold wearing just a T-shirt.
When asked, he said: “No one approached him with any warm clothes or anything.”
In Sunamganj, Azim Mahmud, chairman of Bongshikunda union, said: “Only 300 blankets have been allocated for the poor from the government which is not adequate. I urge the government to allocate more winter clothes and blankets.”
Panchagarh Municipality Mayor Towhidul Islam informed the Dhaka Tribune that only 375 blankets had been allocated by the government for his area, whereas at least 15,000 people living in 15 slums inside the municipality would require the support.
“So I am asking the well off people to come forward and stand by the poor,” said Towhidul.
Deputy Commissioner of Chapainawabganj, Mahmudul Hasan, said: “We have already distributed 33,000 warm clothes among the poor people. I have asked for more from the government.”
5 women die in four days in Rangpur
At least five women have reportedly died in the last four days due to burn injuries they received while they were trying to warm themselves near a fire.
About 50 more burn victims, all women and children, have been admitted in the burn unit of Rangpur Medical College with injuries received while sitting close toa fire.
In Habiganj, one child reportedly died of cold-related disease.
The number of patients with cold-related complications is increasing in the hospitals.