50 killed as extreme cold weather sweeps across Bangladesh
At least 50 people have died in Bangladesh as the cold weather continues to sweep across the country, health officials said.
The country’s lowest temperature this year was recorded at 4.5 degrees Celsius (40.1° Fahrenheit) on December 29 during the early morning in Tetulia, a border town in Bangladesh’s north, the weather office said.
At least 17 people died of acute respiratory infection and 33 from diarrhoea and other diseases across Bangladesh from November 1 to December 28, said Ayesha Akhter, a senior official of the government’s health directorate.
Hospitals have been crowded with people suffering from cold-related illnesses, such as influenza, dehydration and pneumonia, Akhter added.