A cold wave has strucked the northern districts of the sub-Himalayan regions of Bangladesh claiming more than 72 lives as per the assessment data of BDRCS and local administration, mostly children due to hypothermia. According to the Disaster Management Information Centre on 26 December 2012, around 22 districts have been affected by the cold wave, notably the districts of Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Nilphamary, Lalmonirhat, Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogra, Joypurhat, Naogaon, Nawabganj, Rajshahi, Natore, Sirajganj, Pabna, Mymensing in the north, Moulvibazar in the east and certain districts in the south, namely Kushtia, Jessore, Faridpur and Madaripur. According to the BDRCS concerned units, people living in open and public spaces like bus and railway stations, and daily labourers and slum dwellers are most vulnerable to cold wave as they cannot afford warm clothes. As per the reports received from various units, more than 50 per cent of population in the district is affected by the cold wave.
The number of pneumonia and diarrhoeal patients, mostly older population and children, continues to increase due to the sweeping bone-chilling cold wave in the sub-Himalayan regions
in the past week. The extreme cold and the lack of sunlight is expected to hamper the natural growth of crops, including Boro (winter rice variety) seedlings. Failure of cash crops may result in unemployment of agro-labour and investment of share croppers and induce poverty of marginal farmers.
Based on the three-month forecast (December 2012 to February 2013) from Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), the weather condition in January 2013 will be experiencing moderate/severe cold waves (6°C – 8°C/ 4°C – 6°C) in the northern, north-eastern and central parts of the country and mild/moderate cold waves (8°C – 10°C/ 6°C – 8°C) in other parts of the country are likely to sweep across. BMD also predicted one mild cold waves (8°C – 10°C/ 6°C – 8°C) is likely to sweep across the northern and central parts of the country during early February 2013.
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