A mad rush of home goers ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr is seen at Shimulia Ferry Terminal in Munshiganj on Wednesday. — Moinuddin Ahmed Shumon
Thousands of people from the capital city of Bangladesh and adjacent districts thronged to the major ferry terminals and highways on Wednesday ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr violating all the Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the government on public movement.
Since the morning, tens of thousands of south-west district-goers have been seen crowding ferry terminals while Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation operated almost all ferries to handle the pressure.
A 30km long tailback has been created on Dhaka-Tangail- Bangabandhu Bridge Highway, the gateway to the northern districts in the country, due to the mad rush of people.
Huge traffic congestion was also seen at Chandra intersection in Gazipur where a huge number of inter-district buses as well as lorries were seen plying with passengers on the highway.
Thousands of people were leaving Dhaka also on foot.
People were leaving by lorries and pickups risking their lives and paying beyond their ability as the ban on train, launch and inter-district bus services remains in force.
They flouted health regulations as they did not maintain social distancing and did not wear masks properly amid the risks of a fresh surge in coronavirus infections.