Frequent power cuts and low voltage are increasing the sufferings of the residents of Rajshahi city as temperatures keep soaring.
According to the Rajshahi Meteorological Department, the mercury soars to 34-36 degrees Celsius during day while it remains between 28-32 degrees Celsius in the night.
Ragib Khan, senior observer of the department, said that the prevailing weather conditions would persist with even more intensity during the upcoming days as the district saw no rainfall during this month except August 8 when 4.6 millimetres rainfall was recorded.
People of the city along with its adjacent areas have been experiencing 5-6 power cuts in the day each for 20-30 minutes while up to 8 power cuts in the night for the last few days.
On Wednesday night, the city people experienced 4 power cuts between 11:00pm to 2:00am.
Zaman Hossain, a residence of Terokhadia area of the city, said the power went off in their area around 7:00am on Tuesday morning and came three hours after around 10:00am. ‘The power went off again around 12:00pm and came around 2:30pm,’ he added.
‘It feels like getting roasted in fire outside home during the day and staying inside the house without power feels like getting boiled,’ said Mehedi Hassan, a residence of Darikharbona area of the city said.
Md Nuruzzaman Khan, a second year student of Rajshahi University, said, ‘Power cut is common phenomenon here.’
Apart from power cuts, low voltage adds to the city people’s more woes, the residents said.
They said low voltage has damaged their electrical appliances in their homes and offices.
‘The voltage drops in a level that even fans don't work sometimes,’ said Shadman Sadiq of Sagarpara area of the city.
However, Nasima Yasmin, executive engineer of sales and distributions division-4 of Rajshahi Power Development Board, said load shedding was happening in the city due to shortage of power supply.
‘The city needs 150MW power supply, but we are getting highest 80MW power supply daily,’ she said.
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