Eid exodus turns Dhaka into a ghost town

  • Streets near the Shyamoil area during morning rush hours are usually commuters’ nightmares. But on Sunday, May 1, 2022, morning, hardly a few cars and public transport are seen on the road as millions of Dhaka residents have left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Streets near the Shyamoil area during morning rush hours are usually commuters’ nightmares. But on Sunday, May 1, 2022, morning, hardly a few cars and public transport are seen on the road as millions of Dhaka residents have left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Streets near the Shyamoil area during morning rush hours are usually commuters’ nightmares. But on Sunday, May 1, 2022, morning, hardly a few cars and public transport are seen on the road as millions of Dhaka residents have left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Streets near the Shyamoil area during morning rush hours are usually commuters’ nightmares. But on Sunday, May 1, 2022, morning, hardly a few cars and public transport are seen on the road as millions of Dhaka residents have left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • This snapshot of an almost empty Bijoy Sarani intersection, another crucial traffic point in Dhaka, during the morning rush hours on Sunday, May 1, 2022, also proves how the city has transformed within a week as millions of Dhaka residents have left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    This snapshot of an almost empty Bijoy Sarani intersection, another crucial traffic point in Dhaka, during the morning rush hours on Sunday, May 1, 2022, also proves how the city has transformed within a week as millions of Dhaka residents have left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • This snapshot of an almost empty Bijoy Sarani intersection, another crucial traffic point in Dhaka, during the morning rush hours on Sunday, May 1, 2022, also proves how the city has transformed within a week as millions of Dhaka residents have left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    This snapshot of an almost empty Bijoy Sarani intersection, another crucial traffic point in Dhaka, during the morning rush hours on Sunday, May 1, 2022, also proves how the city has transformed within a week as millions of Dhaka residents have left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • The deserted sight of the streets in front of the Prime Minister’s Office on Sunday, May 1, 2022, as millions of Dhaka residents have left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    The deserted sight of the streets in front of the Prime Minister’s Office on Sunday, May 1, 2022, as millions of Dhaka residents have left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • The deserted sight of the streets in front of the Prime Minister’s Office on Sunday, May 1, 2022, as millions of Dhaka residents have left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    The deserted sight of the streets in front of the Prime Minister’s Office on Sunday, May 1, 2022, as millions of Dhaka residents have left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Moghbazar-Tejgaon flyover was this empty at noon on Sunday, May 1, 2022, as millions of Dhaka residents have left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Moghbazar-Tejgaon flyover was this empty at noon on Sunday, May 1, 2022, as millions of Dhaka residents have left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • The high streets of Kakrail look this empty on Sunday, May 1, 2022, as millions of Dhaka residents have left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    The high streets of Kakrail look this empty on Sunday, May 1, 2022, as millions of Dhaka residents have left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • The high streets of Kakrail look this empty on Sunday, May 1, 2022, as millions of Dhaka residents have left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    The high streets of Kakrail look this empty on Sunday, May 1, 2022, as millions of Dhaka residents have left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Motijheel, the central office and business hub in Dhaka, looks completely deserted on Sunday, May 1, 2022, as millions of Dhaka residents have left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Motijheel, the central office and business hub in Dhaka, looks completely deserted on Sunday, May 1, 2022, as millions of Dhaka residents have left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove