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Thursday, 31 January 2008

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Normal life was seriously disrupted due to shivering cold for the second consecutive day on Tuesday in the northern Bangladesh adding sufferings to the people.

The severity of the biting cold further increased during the past 24 hours forcing thousands to stay indoors affecting businesses and normal activities everywhere as the season's second shivering cold continued to sweeping the northern region.

The weather remained little better till Tuesday noon for a while, but it started worsening from the afternoon when the winds coupled with dense clouds and fogs swept over most places decreasing visibility and forcing the vehicles to ply with their headlights on.

Met Office sources said, the maximum and minimum temperatures marked little changes at all points during the last 24 hours but further reduction of the gap to only 8 to 9 degrees with stronger winds caused biting cold deteriorating the situation.

Normal works including farm activities were badly affected and only few people were found outside, while the public places, hats, bazars, bus stands and other places wore a deserted look since Tuesday afternoon adding sufferings to the common people. Sufferings of the people living in the sandy char villages in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, Rangpur, Nilphamari, Bogra and Sirajganj on the Brahmaputra basin mounted further due to strong winds from the north and north-western directions.

The country's lowest temperature of 8.8 degrees Celsius was recorded at Chuadanga this morning.

The Met Office sources said the situation might deteriorate during the next few days in the region, as the second spell of the cold wave and blowing cooler winds from the Himalayan region are becoming more active.

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