The people of northern parts in the country including Kurigram district are being suffered badly due to cold wave from the Himalayan belt and dense fog for the last several days.
Although the sun was visible at 11am but biting cold wave was blowing which affected men, women and children with cold related diseases. The day laborers, distressed persons as well as lower income generating group are being suffered badly. The wild birds, poultry birds and domestic animals are also the sufferer.
The poor people especially river side people of more than four hundred char and Island char are the worst suffered as a total of 15 rivers including the Brahmaputra,Dharla,Teesta,Dudkumar are flowing through the district. Many of them are seen to warming themselves burning wood and wastage papers.
The day laborers came out from their respective houses in search of work violating biting cold due to maintain their families.Talking to Hazrat Ali 36 of char Setaijhar area under KurigramSadarupazila told that I am going to haat with bamboo in my push cart but I and unable to push my pushcart due to chilling and biting cold wave.
NandalalRabidas 50 a resident of the Dharla river side told that I have boy gone to my work place yesterday due to unbearable cold wave. Finding no alternative way I have started to go to work place as there is no food in my room. If I don’t work I have to pass with my family without food. In addition, I am in want to warm clothes. I have not receive any blankets.
On the other hand, the people are rushing towards to the shops to purchase warm clothes for near and dear one. But the poor people are also purchasing second hand clothes from Nasar Uddin Markets,Judge court market and adjacent footpath market in low cost.
The second hand cloth traders are doing brisk business. EnamulHaque 50, a second hand trader of Nasar Uddin market told this correspondent that the price of second hand clothes have been increased in this year causing the price has also been increased in retail.
Although some government and non-government organizations have distributed blankets and others warm clothes among cold hit poor people which are inadequate.Most of the poor people have not received warm clothes.
Residential Medical Officer (RMO) of Kurigram General Hospital Dr. Shahinur Rahman Sardar told that the number of patients have been increased in outdoor due to cold wave. Especially children and old aged persons are the main patients.
Officer-in-charge (CC) of Rajarhat Weather Observatory Tuhin Miah said the lowest temperature was recorded at 11.00 degree Celsius in the morning on Thursday.It is likely to blow two more moderate cold wave in this month according to weather forecast, he added.
Kurigam Deputy Commissioner Mohammad SaidulArif said thirty eight thousand blankets have already been distributed among cold hit poor people .More one lac fourteen thousand blankets have been wanted from administrationnewly.Of them, fifteen thousand blankets have been received.