19 more reported dead in Bangladesh cold spell
The mass-circulation Janakantha daily reported the deaths of 19 people, mostly elderly and ill, Tuesday in northern districts hit by freezing winds from the Himalayas.
No official figures have been released on the death toll, but the official BSS news agency put the number at 119 in the past two weeks in 11 northern districts.
Blankets and warm clothing were being distributed to the poor in the affected districts.
Temperatures rose slightly Wednesday with the lowest 8.8 degrees Celsius (46.4 degrees Fahrenheit) recorded in the northeastern tea-growing Srimangal district.
But in rest of the northern region, the average temperature Wednesday was 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit), a meteorologist said.
"It is bit warmer today as the cold wave is over, but there might be a slight fall in temperature on Thursday and Friday," he said.
The lowest temperature recorded so far this winter was 8.6 degrees Celsius (47.5 degrees Fahrenheit) in Sylhet, another northeastern area famous for tea.
Meteorologists warned temperatures could drop again later in the month.
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