80 dead as temperature hits record low in Bangladesh

Updated 10 January 2013
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80 dead as temperature hits record low in Bangladesh

DHAKA: A cold snap which saw temperatures drop on Thursday to their lowest point in Bangladesh’s post-independence history has killed around 80 people, officials said.
The weather office said the lowest temperature was recorded at three degrees Celsius (37.4 Fahrenheit) in the northern town of Syedpur and the Red Crescent said hospitals were packed with patients suffering respiratory illness.
Shah Alam, deputy head of the weather office, said the last time the temperature had dropped below three degrees Celsius was in February 1968 when Bangladesh was still part of Pakistan.
“The temperature is the lowest in Bangladesh’s history,” he told AFP.
The Red Crescent Society said impoverished rural areas had been worst hit as many people could not afford warm clothing or heating.
“They are not prepared for such extreme weather. Many could not even go to work,” the society’s general-secretary Abu Bakar said.
“According to the reports of our district offices and local administrations about 80 people have died due to cold-related diseases such as respiratory problems, pneumonia and cough,” Bakar added.
Bangladesh, which is a tropical country, normally sees temperatures fall to around 10 degrees Celsius at this time of year.
The weather office said temperature were expected to rise from Saturday.


Red Cross worker killed in southern Yemen: spokesman

Updated 4 min 58 sec ago
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Red Cross worker killed in southern Yemen: spokesman

  • The aid worker was killed by multiple gunshots to the heart, according to a hospital source who spoke on condition of anonymity
  • Most of Taiz is controlled by forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, while the Houthi militia still hold many parts of the surrounding area

SANAA: A Red Cross employee was killed in Yemen’s southern city of Taiz on Saturday, an ICRC spokesman said.
“One of our colleagues was killed by an armed man in Taiz city,” Sanaa-based Red Cross official Adnan Hizam told AFP.
Most of Taiz is controlled by forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, while the Houthi militia still hold many parts of the surrounding area.
An AFP photographer in Taiz who visited the scene of the shooting said a gunman had opened fire on an ICRC vehicle in the Zabab district in the west of the city.
The aid worker was killed by multiple gunshots to the heart, according to a hospital source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has not made public the aid worker’s nationality or name.
“We are in mourning for one of our colleagues who was shot dead in #Yemen this morning. We are trying to find out more about this tragic incident,” ICRC Yemen tweeted.