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14 January, 2020 09:32:58 AM
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Cold wave likely to continue

Dense fog hampers flight operations
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Cold wave likely to continue

After two consecutive days of hardly any sun, the capital and a few other districts yesterday saw sunlight around noon and felt a slight rise in temperature. According to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department’s (BMD's) daily bulletin, published yesterday at 9am, the weather is likely to remain dry with a partly cloudy sky over the country. It said a mild cold wave sweeping across Rangpur division, as well as Rajshahi, Pabna, Naogaon, Jashore, and Chuadanga regions, might continue to blow. The Met office predicted that night temperature may remain nearly unchanged, while day temperature may rise by 2 to 3 degrees Celsius across the country. A moderate to thick fog envelop the country from midnight to noon.


A dense fog halted flight operations at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) for six hours. Flights resumed around 9:44 am after a six-hour disruption. HSIA airport deputy director Beni Madhab Biswas said: “Domestic flights remained suspended since 3:30am for six hours because of the foggy weather. Three international flights were also delayed. A Biman flight was diverted to Kolkata.” HSIA assistant manager Khairul Kabir said a Biman flight from Muscat in Oman could not land at the airport and had to be diverted to Kolkata.

A few trains were running behind schedule, while road and river communication also faced disruption due to the foggy conditions. Meanwhile, the number of patients in hospitals with cold-related diseases increased over the previous day. Some 5,622 people were treated at different government hospitals in the 24 hours until 8.00 am yesterday. The number was 4,190 on Sunday. Data from the DGHS control room showed that 931 of the patients received treatment for acute respiratory infection (ARI). Also, 1,924 more were treated for diarrhoea and 2,767 for other diseases, including jaundice, eye inflammation, skin problems, and fever.

Fifty-four deaths were reported across the country between November 1 and January 13 due to cold-related diseases.

 

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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