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Heat wave paralyses life

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Heat wave paralyses life
This photo taken yesterday shows vegetable plants damaged at a field in Noakhali sadar as a heat wave sweeps the region. INDEPENDENT PHOTO

Benapole: The blistering heat wave is baking Jessore as the district is witnessing the country’s highest temperature, reports UNB.
According to the local Met office, the heat wave is sweeping across the north-western part of the country including Jessore.
Earlier on Tuesday and Monday, the country’s highest temperature was recorded at 37.8 degree Celsius in Jessore while on Sunday it was 38 degree Celsius, which is recorded as the country’s highest temperature during the last week.
Following the heat wave, the power crisis in the district has taken a fatal form hampering people’s daily life.
The situation in rural areas is even worse as they are allegedly getting electricity for about six to eight hours a day.
General Manager of Jessore Palli Bidyut Samity-2, Salah Uddin Al Bithar, said, the supply of electricity is meeting only 45 percent of its demand.
“We are getting only 35-40MW of electricity where the demand is about 85-90MW,” he said, adding, “There is no possibility of any rapid improvement of this crisis.”
Traffic movement is very thin in the district town during the daytime especially at noon. People are not going outside except the state of emergency.
The low income people like day labourers and rickshaw-pullers are suffering much as they had to do work in unbearable heat for long period.
“I was admitted to the hospital after falling sick due to the scorching heat, Rabeya Begum said during this correspondent’s visit to Jessore 250-Bed General Hospital Tuesday last.
While talking to Dr Kallal Kumar Saha of the hospital, he said, “People of all ages can be attacked with many diseases like dehydration, diarrhoea, jaundice and heatstroke during the unusual hot weather. But children and elderly people are the most vulnerable to the diseases.”
He advised all to be conscious and follow health rules.

 

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