Decade Old Low Temperature Record Broken in Bangladesh
At least 20 people have died and several hundred have fallen ill due to the worst cold spell of the last 50 years to hit in Bangladesh. The country has a usually tropical climate characterized by mild winters. But two days ago Panchagarh recorded the lowest temperature in the country, with a record of 2.6 ° C. The cold and linked illnesses are making the lives of needy people even more miserable. This is why WFF & GMFC has activated relief efforts and has already begun to distribute aid to the victims.
Winter temperatures rarely fall below 10 degrees, but this year a “polar” frost fell which drastically lowered the mercury column. Yesterday at Rajshahi the temperature was 6 ° C.
The population, largely comprising poor farmers, is not used to such harsh winters and does not have adequate facilities to protect itself from the cold. There are no woollen clothes and blankets, there are no heaters in the houses because most of the houses are made of mud. The cold has favored the onset of diseases related to low temperatures, such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and sore throats. (Excerpts used from Asia News).
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