Life unbearable in heat and load shedding
People all over the country are suffering from load shedding day and night in the uncomfortable heat. Even the weather office could not give any good news in this situation. Saying, there is no sign of this fever coming down anytime soon. It will be sickly hot for a few more days.
Due to load shedding in intense heat, the people of the capital Dhaka are suffering. The temperature in Dhaka was recorded at 37 degrees Celsius on Saturday. But the heat is felt more than 40 degrees Celsius.
Azwad Rahman, a resident of Khilkhet, said that the electricity has been going off for several days around 12 o'clock at night. It comes after an hour. Then the electricity went out again around 3 o'clock. There is no electricity for an hour about 3 to 4 times a day.
Rahim Sheikh, a resident of Panthpath, said that no light or air enters the house where I live. Then there is no electricity twice a night during intense heat. He said he sleeps only a few hours a night. After that, I have to go to the office again in the morning.
The workers say that it is not possible to work in summer. There are less people on the road. It has reduced income.
Regarding load shedding, the electricity department said, on Saturday (June 3) at 12 noon, 11 thousand 674 megawatts of electricity was generated against the demand of about 14 thousand (13921) megawatts. 2 thousand 247 megawatts have been produced less than the demand.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Power Nasrul Hamid told reporters after a program in Savar on Saturday that one unit of the Payra power plant has already been closed due to the coal shortage. Another unit will also be closed after June 5.
He further said that it will take at least 20 to 25 days to import coal. Load shedding has increased in the country due to the shutdown of several power plants. About 1700 MW load shedding is going on.
Nasrul Hamid said, we are struggling with oil. Now we are diverting most of the gas to industry. And the heat increased, went above 38 degrees, in some places it became 40-41 degrees. This has increased the demand for electricity, resulting in increased load shedding. This situation will remain for some days.
The Meteorological Department has said that there is no chance of rain in most parts of the country. The heat wave may continue for another four to five days.
Assistant meteorologist Kazi Zebunnessa said, severe and mild to moderate heat waves are flowing in some parts of the country. The heat wave may continue for another four to five days. But it has rained in Sylhet. Khulna, Barisal, Chattogram and Sylhet are likely to rain at one or two places, but there is no chance of rain elsewhere.