In the last seven days, 25 to 26 lakh mobile phone users have gone to other districts from Dhaka. The calculation is until 6 pm on Monday. This time, the number of mobile phone subscribers except Dhaka is much less than the normal holiday period last year.
A mobile operator in the country has calculated this by analyzing their database and call trends. The number is 'unique user'. This means that even if a person has more than one SIM, he is treated as a customer.
Officials at the National Telecom Monitoring Center (NTMC) told Prothom Alo that 11 million mobile phone users had left Dhaka by April 20 after the government declared a general holiday from March 26 last year to prevent corona infection. It could not be confirmed whether this number belongs to a unique user or not.
This time the account of 26 lakhs is for seven days. People and children who are not mobile phone users are not included in this calculation. On condition of anonymity, a senior official of the mobile operator told Prothom Alo that this time it is seen that fewer customers have left Dhaka than last year. The matter can be understood by analyzing the data.
Meanwhile, like the last few days, the villagers have crowded the roads and ghats yesterday. They travel long distances by buses, microbuses, private cars, autorickshaws, and motorbikes on the internal routes of the district. However, the pressure was a little less than the previous three days.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) has increased ferry service to two ferries to the south and south-west after several days of massive human suffering. An additional number of ferries started plying at Shimulia in Munshiganj and Paturia Ghat in Manikganj yesterday evening. This reduces human suffering.
BIWTC Chairman Syed Mohammad. Tajul Islam told Prothom Alo yesterday evening that it has been decided to increase the number of ferries considering the pressure at the wharf.
There are no updated statistics on how many people live in Dhaka. According to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) published in 2016, the population in and around the capital Dhaka was about 16 million. A large part of this population goes to the villages on the holy Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha.