Heat wave paralyses normal life

Ensure better access to safe drinking water for all

Published : 16 Jul 2022 12:59 AM | Updated : 16 Jul 2022 12:59 AM

Extreme heat wave has paralysed normal life across the country. The ongoing mild to moderate heat wave is likely to continue in different parts of the country, says a met office bulletin on Friday. A mild to moderate heat wave is sweeping over Rangpur, Rajshahi and Sylhet divisions and the districts of Dhaka, Tangail, Rangamati, Cumilla, Chandpur, Feni and Chuadanga and it may continue. Country’s maximum temperature was recorded by 39 degree Celsius at Rajshahi.

The continuous hot spells are affecting the people living in those districts. In the capital, fares for manually drawn rickshaws, vans and pushcarts are on the rise due to the unbearable working conditions. Scarcity in water supply and frequent power failure have deteriorated the situation further. Acute water crisis in many areas especially of capital Dhaka, other metropolitan cities, district towns and even remote village has compounded sufferings of the people.

Acute water crisis in many areas has 

compounded sufferings of  the people

The heat wave has brought the worst sufferings to the working-class people, like - day labourers, rickshaw pullers and farmers, especially those who work outdoor.On the other hand, sales of seasonal fruits, iced juices, and ice cream have also gone up and the sales persons are taking advantage of the situation hiking prices of these products.

Apart from human being, beats and birds are also suffering due to the continuous heat wave. Heat waves can have a significant impact on people, including a rise in heat-related deaths. Population exposure to heat is increasing due to climate change, WHO says, adding globally extreme temperature events are observed to be increasing in their frequency, duration, and magnitude.  While the effects of heat may be exacerbated in cities, due to the urban heat island effect, the livelihoods and wellbeing of non-urban communities can also be severely disrupted during and after periods of unusually hot weather. Therefore, all have to remain extra cautious against the current hot spell and avoid the burning sun.