The winter in Bangladesh was generally considered as
pleasant.Usually lifestyle change in this season and many
activities like,visiting countryside with family and friends,
picnic,travels,sightseeing,festivals,fairs,ceremonies take place in
this season.Many exotic and indigenous vegetables and fruits give
the markets a colorful look and consumers make delicious food
items.One special activity in the winter of Bangladesh is making of
various types of country cakes(locally called pitha) with
rice,coconut,molasses made from the sap of date palm,spices and
many other ingredients.People generally relish these traditional
food items when the invasion of imported foreign and locally
machine made packaged food items flood the market.
Foreign tourists also enjoy the pleasant winter weather of
Bangladesh as it is almost similar to the summer of the west.This
is why many foreigners from the whole world and the migrant
Bangladeshi people visit Bangladesh during winter.Cool temperature
without any trouble of mud making rain give delightful experience.
But,this winter that has started in December,2012 and rolled to
January,2013 is different.Several cold waves have crippled the life
of common people.They are struggling frantically to protect
themselves from the bite of the shivering cold.Most people lack
sufficient warm clothing and this they are helpless in the foggy
and wintry weather.Many children and old people have fallen victims
of biting cold weather.News media reported 22 cases of death of
humans up to 10 January.2013 .
The temperature in this winter has been recorded as the lowest in
58 years.Though the variation of temperature in different areas of
the country may present a wrong picture about the severity of cold
wave in particular places.The lowest temperature recorded in
Dinajpur on 9 January,2013 was 3.2 degree Celsius while the highest
was recorded in Cox's Bazaar which was 11.8 degree Celsius.
Historically,the lowest temperature was recorded in Bangladesh in
Srimangal, Moulvibazaar.The temperature was 2.8 degree Celsius and
the day was 4 February,1968.The cold temperature is mostly
influenced by various phenomena of weather.It has been observed
that the adverse effects are many.Many kinds of diseases affect
people in cold weather,domestic animals suffer badly in such
weather.Crops like paddy and potato production are badly affected
by cold weather.The seedlings of winter paddy,called Boro rice get
stunted by severe cold while potato may be damaged by fungal
diseases like early and late blight.Mustard is another major crop
of Bangladesh of winter which adds beauty to the nature by its
vast expanses of yellow flowers.This crop may be devastated by the
attack of an insect pest called Aphid in the foggy weather.
The winter is one of six vital seasons of Bangladesh.It would
be a blessing unless the the people is devastated by cold waves.
This year the cold waves are biting hard causing great sufferings
to peoples.Should we view the current winter as any indication
of climate change?I welcome the opinion of experts in this
I will continue to update this article on the basis of real
situation and opinion of experts.