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Cold wave claims at least 10 lives in Dhaka

Accidents caused by a thick blanket of fog across Bangladesh have claimed at least 10 lives and left almost 20 seriously injured.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2006 18:32 IST

Accidents caused by a thick blanket of fog across Bangladesh have claimed at least 10 lives and left almost 20 seriously injured, officials said on Thursday.

Two people died and five are missing after two ferries collided in the river Meghna near Chandpur in central Bangladesh, on Wednesday, district police Inspector Kamrul Hassan told the agency.

"The river was thick with fog. The ferries were going in opposite directions in poor conditions when they collided," he said.

Seven people were killed and 35 were injured, including 17 seriously, when two buses collided in dense fog on Wednesday in northwestern Rangpur district, a duty police official said.

A second collision on Thursday involving two buses, also in Rangpur, claimed one more life, the official added.

Much of the country has been enveloped by thick fog since Tuesday.

Poor visibility severely disrupted transport as millions journeyed to their home villages to celebrate Wednesday's Muslim festival of Eid.

The Meteorological Department said the fog was likely to clear over the next few days as the country emerged from a cold snap, which has killed two people and seen temperatures fall as low as 6.2 Celsius (43.2 Fahrenheit) in the southwestern district of Jessore.

The normal seasonal temperature is between 11 and 12 Celsius.