Low income citizens hit hardest by coronavirus lockdown in Bangladesh

Dhaka, one of the most densely populated cities in the world seems like a ghost town. Usually bustling with over 10 million rickshaw drivers, labourers and roadside vendors, Dhaka’s streets are now eerily quiet. Rickshaw drivers rely on their daily wages to get by and they may be hit hardest by the enforced lockdown. This in a country where only 15% of the population take home more than 500 Tk (£4.70) per day.

Many have flouted the rules and ventured out into the city to sell their services. Moina Dewan, a rickshaw driver and breadwinner of a family of six in Korail reports he has not had any customers for weeks and also not received any relief from the government. “If this continues, we will die of hunger,” he says.