The sweeping mild cold wave coupled with blowing cooler winds sharply deteriorated the weather condition disrupting public life in the northern districts today, official and local sources said.The situation deteriorated following sharp falls in the minimum temperature by 5 to 6 degree Celsius reducing the gap with maximum temperature today causing unbearable sufferings to the commoners in the sub-Himalayan northern region.
The sun remained covered behind clouds, fogs and mists till noon affecting vehicular traffic and forcing the drivers to put headlights of their vehicles on for averting accidents.
According to officials, experts and environmentalists, a behavioural change has already taken place in the nature following climate change impacts as the weather has become almost unpredictable with unknown ultimate consequences.
The farm-labourers could not conduct normal works and fewer numbers of people were seen outside homes as the thick layers of fogs covered the sun till noon.
Though the sun appeared for a couple of hours since noon, the cold bite again increased causing immense sufferings common people from late afternoon due reduction of the gap between the minimum and maximum temperature to the minimum.
According to the Met Office sources, the minimum temperature of only 8.8 degree Celsius was recorded at 6 am and maximum of 17.2 degree at 4 pm today respectively in Rangpur city.
Besides, the minimum temperature recorded today were 8.4 degree Celsius at Syedpur and 10.5 degree at Domar in Nilphamari, 8.5 degree at Dinajpur and 11 degree Celsius at Rajarhat in Kurigram like in other adjoining areas in the sun-Himalayan region.
Talking to BSS, noted environmentalist and agriculture expert Dr MG Neogi said the weather has been behaving peculiarly as a result of climate change causing uncertainty to every sectors including agriculture.
Adviser- Agriculture of BRAC International (South Asia and Africa) Dr M A Mazid said the present weather trend behaves peculiarly following adverse climate change impacts.
According to the sources in hospitals and upazila health complexes, the number of pneumonia, fever, diarrhoea, asthma and respiratory problem patients marked rise forcing the doctors to remain very busy. The elderly men, women and babies were the worst sufferers, especially in the rural and remote char areas on the river basins.
District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Faridul Islam of Rangpur said the government has so far distributed over 15,500 pieces of blankets among the cold-stricken poor and distressed people in the district.
Besides, different NGOs, business bodies, banks and other financial institutions, charitable and other organisations have also distributed huge blankets, sweaters, mufflers and rappers among the cold-hit people so far in the district.
The process of distribution of warm clothes has been intensified further by the government and non-governmental organisations to mitigate sufferings of the cold-hit poorer section of people in the northern districts.
According to reports reaching from remote char villages in Kurigram, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Panchagarh, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, Rangpur and Nilphamari districts, normal life has been remaining severely affected everywhere today.