Lockdown woes of boatmen

  • Boatmen idle at Sadarghat on the Karnaphuli river in Chattogram as a coronavirus lockdown has drastically cut the number of passengers. Photo: Suman Babu

    Boatmen idle at Sadarghat on the Karnaphuli river in Chattogram as a coronavirus lockdown has drastically cut the number of passengers. Photo: Suman Babu

  • Boatmen idle at Sadarghat on the Karnaphuli river in Chattogram as a coronavirus lockdown has drastically cut the number of passengers. Photo: Suman Babu

    Boatmen idle at Sadarghat on the Karnaphuli river in Chattogram as a coronavirus lockdown has drastically cut the number of passengers. Photo: Suman Babu

  • The authorities have restricted each sampan from carrying more than five passengers per trip across the Karnaphuli river as part of efforts to break a surge in coronavirus infections amid a lockdown. Photo: Suman Babu

    The authorities have restricted each sampan from carrying more than five passengers per trip across the Karnaphuli river as part of efforts to break a surge in coronavirus infections amid a lockdown. Photo: Suman Babu

  • Boatmen idle at Firingibazar pier in Chattogram as a coronavirus lockdown has drastically cut the number of passengers. Photo: Suman Babu

    Boatmen idle at Firingibazar pier in Chattogram as a coronavirus lockdown has drastically cut the number of passengers. Photo: Suman Babu

  • Boatmen idle at Firingibazar pier in Chattogram as a coronavirus lockdown has drastically cut the number of passengers. Photo: Suman Babu

    Boatmen idle at Firingibazar pier in Chattogram as a coronavirus lockdown has drastically cut the number of passengers. Photo: Suman Babu

  • Boatmen wait for passengers at Sadarghat on the Karnaphuli river in Chattogram. It takes at least two hours for them to get the permitted number of five passengers amid a coronavirus lockdown. In normal times, they would wait between 15 and 20 minutes only for their sampans to be full. Photo: Suman Babu

    Boatmen wait for passengers at Sadarghat on the Karnaphuli river in Chattogram. It takes at least two hours for them to get the permitted number of five passengers amid a coronavirus lockdown. In normal times, they would wait between 15 and 20 minutes only for their sampans to be full. Photo: Suman Babu