Hundreds of travellers continued to suffer on waterways on the River Padma on Tuesday due to dense fog.
Passengers and transport workers on the country’s southwestern routes have been suffering immensely for the past few days to cross the river using the Paturia-Daulatdia ferry route.
They, especially workers of goods-carrying vehicles, have been forced to wait inside the vehicles for several hours to couple of days amid a lack of resting places and toilet facilities.
On Tuesday, the situation on the Shimulia-Banglabazar ferry route slightly improved.
New Age correspondent in Manikganj reported that ferry services were closed on the Paturia-Daulatdia route for around seven hours, from 2:45am to 9:30am, on Tuesday.
According to the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation, between January 17 and January 26, ferry services on the route were suspended for 73 hours due to dense fog.
Due to dense fog, vehicles, including buses, which came to the Paturia and Daulatdia ferry terminals at night had to wait till morning to cross the river.
The goods-laden vehicles, however, had to wait longer, two to three days, to get their serial for getting on ferries.
As a result, the lengths of the queues of goods-carrying vehicles standing at the terminal areas have been increasing daily.
BIWTC Aricha office deputy general manager Md Zillur Rahman said that dense fog had been affecting the visibility on the river during the evening hours and at night for the past few days and they stopped ferry services to avoid accidents.
Considering the sufferings of passengers, they are allowing passenger and essential products-carrying vehicles to use the ferries before goods-carrying vehicles, he said.
Goods-laden vehicles would cross the river gradually, he added.
New Age correspondent in Munshiganj reported that on Tuesday, ferry services on Shimulia-Banglabazar route on the Padma had been suspended for two hours, between 6:00am and 8:00am, for fog.
Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha reported that the lowest temperature of 8.3 degree Celsius in the country was recorded in Moulvibazar on Tuesday when a mild cold wave coupled with dense fog disrupted the normal life of people.
Miseries of people, particularly the working class, mounded on the day with many of them forced to stay inside without meeting emergency needs. Even vehicles had to run their switching headlights on at day time.
District administration and hospital sources said that peoples were being admitted to hospitals across the district with cold related diseases, particularly pneumonia.
On the other hand, the dense fog is also disrupting boro paddy cultivation.
The cold wave could continue for the next few days, said Srimangal Weather Forecast Centre.
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