Scorching summer heat accompanied by frequent load-shedding has made life insufferable in the capital
and elsewhere across the country.
Weeks of hot spells are sweeping Dhaka and other divisions, including Khulna, Rajshahi and Barisal, says the Met office.
It also said that the maximum temperature of Dhaka and its adjacent areas on Tuesday was recorded at 35.8 degrees Celsius.
City-dwellers said they are exhausted with frequent interruptions in the supply of electricity coupled with blistering heat.
“My two-and-a-half-year-old son cannot sleep in the daytime for erratic load-shedding,” Mahira, a resident of Bashundhara Residential Area, told daily sun over phone.
Power has gone four to five times since morning on Tuesday, she added.
Many a city-dweller says load-shedding takes place about 10 to 12 hours while people outside the capital claim it is 16 to 18 hours.
While roaming some parts of the capital, it was found that many people outside their houses drinking
lemon juice to get rid of their fatigue.
Some lemon juice sellers near the National Press Club were seen doing a brisk business as a large number of people take the juice.
According to Power Development Board, a total of 5,100MW electricity was produced against the total demand for 7,500MW.
Mohammad Rafique, a schoolteacher of Fatikchhari upazila, said electricity supply remains only six hours a day.
City-dwellers buy seasonal fruits to remove tiredness
at higher prices, although
it is out of the purchasing power of people on low incomes.
One hundred lychees now sell at Tk 300 while a kilogram of mango costs Tk 150.