Mild cold wave grips Bangladesh – fog disrupts air-river traffic

Mild cold wave grips Bangladesh – fog disrupts air-river traffic

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Dhaka, 05 Jan – A mild cold wave has been sweeping across Bangladesh causing immense sufferings for the poor people and dense fog that had come in its wake has disrupted flights and river ferry services.The cold wave sent the country’s temperature to as low as 6.5 degrees Celsius, which is the lowest in this winter recorded at southwestern district of Chuadanga yesterday.
Following the cold wave poor people are trying to protect them by creating fire at open places. People from all walks of life specially in the northern part of the country have been forced to restrict their movement following the cold wave.
It has been seen in the northern districts that to protect from cold in the morning, people are trying to keep warm by burning straw while their cattle is being protected by covering the animals with jute sacks or old cloths.
For the last few days, ferry services on the Paturia-Daulatdia, Shimulia-Kawdakandi and Shariatpur-Chandpur routes have been disrupted by dense fog delaying trips of hundreds of passengers as they had to wait for long hours on the vehicles or on board ferries.
Apart from these, flight operation was suspended at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital for seven and half hours yesterday while flight operations were disrupted in Dhaka-Syedpur route for several days due to dense fog.
Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) spokesperson AKM Rezaul Karim said that they were forced to suspended flight operations in Dhaka due to dense fog from 2:45 am to 10:11 am on Friday.
He also said that the domestic flight operation resumed at 10:11 am and international flights at 10:35 am.
Due to the flight operation suspension, one Biman Bangladesh flight to Kolkata and one Regent Airways flight to Bangkok were delayed.
Apart from international flights, 10 early morning domestic flights – 4 of Novoair, 3 of US Bangla Airlines, 2 of Bangladesh Biman and one of Regent Airways were delayed due to fog.
As per the weather forecast, moderate to thick fog may occur over the country in the next few days.
According to the met office, a ridge of sub-continental high extends up to West Bengal and adjoining northwestern part of Bangladesh caused the drop in temperature.
It said the cold wave may continue for a day or two.
In Dhaka, the mercury dropped to 10.5 degrees while in Rangpur 9, Dinajpur 8.9, Srimangal 8.6, Tangail 8.5, Gopalganj 8.4, Mymensingh 8, Jessore 7.6 and 6.5 in Chuadanga while the highest temperature was recorded in Khulna’s Mongla at 28.8 degrees. – Staff Reporter

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