DOT Desk: The northeastern region of Sunamganj is witnessing one of the worst floods in the history of Bangladesh and the days-long power outage in the flooded area has only added to the sufferings of the residents.
However, a quarter has sought to cash in on the opportunity, charging people anywhere between Tk100 to Tk150 to allow them to charge their mobile phones for an hour.
A spot visit showed that around 20 businessmen who have generators at their shops are now doing a booming trade of mobile charging in various spots in Sunamganj town including those located in Abdul Jahur Bridge and Pashchim Bazar, online media outlet Bangla Tribune reports.
Every time a person charges their phone they have to cough up Tk100 and sometimes Tk120 or Tk150.
Locals said that the power outage means that their battery has been dead for days and they have been unable to speak to their loved ones.
“There has been no power for the last few days. My battery is dead. I haven’t been able to speak to my relatives and hence came to the shop to charge my phone and saw that its Tk100 for an hour of charging,” Azizur Rahman, a local who was at a shop at Abduj Jahur Bridge told Bangla Tribune.