Mercury inches up a bit


Weather conditions across the country slightly

improved as mercury moved up a bit on Friday from the position showing minimum temperature that the country had been experiencing since last two days.

Today’s minimum temperature was recorded as 4.0 degrees Celsius in Saidpur of Nilphamari while it was 3 degrees Celsius as mercury hit 45-year low on Thursday in the district.

According to weather forecast Met office published in its website, the severe cold spell sweeping over Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions and the regions of Jessore, Kushtia, Srimangal, Sitakunda and Mymensingh and moderate to mild cold wave sweeping elsewhere over the country and it may continue till 9:00am Saturday.

The severe cold along with fogs disrupted public life in Rangpur and Rajshahi, with children and elderly people suffering the most though the weather is slightly warmer with temperature rising than the previous day, reports our district correspondents.

The second lowest temperature was recorded at 4.5 degree Celsius in Dinajpur, our Dinajpur correspondent added quoting Met official.

Weather conditions improved as the day progressed with fog giving way to a clear sky, but bone-chilling winds blew throughout the day causing immense sufferings to the children, elderly and poor people in the district.

FOG DISRUPTS FERRY SERVICES

Ferry services on Mawa-Kawrakandi route resumed Friday morning after 10 hours of suspension due to dense fog.

One ferry carrying passengers anchored in the mid-Padma for poor visibility due to thick fog just after the midnight, causing untold sufferings to the people, said Sirajul Haque, manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC).

The ferry movement started around 10:00am after the disappearance of fog at 10:00am, reports our Munshiganj correspondent.

Meanwhile, around 300 vehicles remained stranded on both sides of the river due to the suspension of ferry service, Sirajul added.

Meanwhile, ferry service on Paturia-Daulatdia route resumed around 10:00am Friday after eight hours of disruption.

The BIWTC authority suspended the ferry services at about 2:00am for foggy weather that resumed around 10:00am as the weather improved, reports our Manikganj correspondent quoting Shafikul Islam, manager (commerce) of Aricha office of BIWTC.

Five ferries with thousands of passengers got stuck in the middle of the river Padma and over one hundred vehicles remained stranded on both sides of the river due to the suspension of ferry service, causing immense sufferings to the passengers.

Source: The Daily Star

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