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Cold-related diseases claim 50 lives since November 1

At least 50 people have died in Bangladesh from November 1 to December 28 due to cold-related diseases as cold weather continues to sweep across the country.

The country’s lowest temperature this year was recorded at 4.5 degrees Celsius (40.1° Fahrenheit) early on Sunday in Tetulia, a border town in Panchagarh, the weather office said.

Ayesha Akhter, a senior official of the government’s health directorate, said at least 17 people died of acute respiratory infection and 33 from diarrhea and other diseases during the period.

Hospitals were crowded with people suffering from cold-related illnesses, such as influenza, dehydration and pneumonia, said Ayesha Akhter, she said.

Those on low incomes, particularly labourers, are the worst affected by the cold weather because they lack clothes while many others, especially children and the elderly people, are prone to diseases such as pneumonia, Akhter said.

The weather office said the cold snap, accompanied by chilly winds and dense fog, week was likely to continue for few more days.

Thick fog forced authorities to divert several flights and delay others, aviation officials said.

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