A cold wave is sweeping over different parts of the country with the lowest temperature 3 degree Celsius recorded in Nilphamari district on Monday morning.
People in Nilphamari district have been suffering badly due to the persisting cold weather.
Meanwhile, at least twelve people, including six children, died of cold related diseases in Rajshahi, Kurigram and Thakurgaon districts in last four days as the northern districts bore the brunt of a cold wave crossing over of the country.
The poor people, including children and elderly persons, have been suffering much from different cold-related diseases.
The common people, who work as day laborers, have been facing problems to go for working in the early morning. They cannot work due to severe cold.
Farmers have been facing various problems in the field due to cold wave. Paddy seedlings are being damaged notably.
Children, affected by different cold diseases, are also being admitted to upazila hospital.
The cold wave has limited their outdoor activities to only basic necessities.
Night temperature may fall slightly and day temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country, Met office sources said.
In Rajshahi, four children died of cold-related afflictions at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) on Saturday, said assistant professor Dr Sanaul Haque, head of RMCH pediatric department.
All of them died from pneumonia, he added.
A total of 271 children have been admitted to the hospital between January 3 and Sunday noon.
In Kurigram, latest death caused by the cold in Kurigram Sadar Hospital brought the total number of deaths reported there to six since last Thursday (January 4).
Resident Medical Officer (acting) of Kurigram Sadar Hospital Dr Jahangir Alam said the newborn baby died of respiratory problem caused by cold weather on Sunday midnight.
According to him, at least 156 patients mostly children have been admitted to Kurigram Sadar Hospital with pneumonia, diarrhoea and cold related diseases in last 24 hours.
In Thakurgaon, cold related diseases claimed lives of Jahura, 70, wife of Mobarak Ali of Thakurgaon village in Sadar upazila and Sakina, 90, wife of Dabirul Islam, of Goalpara in Thakurgaon on Saturday.