PV Desk : After losing his job at a garment factory in Dhaka in April as the coronavirus pandemic hit, Mohammad Sumon returned to his village in Jamalpur, about 160 kms away, hoping to support his family working as a part-time mechanic.
Instead, he finds himself stuck at home, one of millions of Bangladeshis affected by the flooding, which has hit nearly half of the country’s 64 districts and killed 41 people so far.
“My wife and I lost our jobs because the factory said they weren’t getting orders due to the coronavirus,” Sumon said.
“At my hometown I managed a job as a mechanic but that did not work because the water had risen and I couldn’t step out,” he said.
Now, with a baby daughter born just nine days ago, “I don’t know how we will manage. I am depending on a loan right now, but if things continue like this, we will be in trouble,” he said.
Low-lying, heavily populated Bangladesh is regularly hit by flooding, but experts fear the impact this year may be worse due to job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic and floods that have lingered for an unusually long time.
Thousands of workers have been sacked from the country’s garment sector – responsible for 80% of Bangladesh’s exports – as European brands cancelled clothing orders worth millions of dollars as their shops shut due to the coronavirus. Source-Reuters