Many lower middle class and middle class people who lost their jobs or experienced severe reduction of earning sources were forced to leave the city due to high house rent and other expenses.
Besides, changing accommodation became more frequent as many were seeking to move into small houses with low rent.
The exodus started after Covid-19 hit the country in early March, prompting the government to announce a general holiday.
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UNB photojournalist captured photos of some leaving the city and moving to their village homes for survival. The photos were taken in Rajabazar area on Thursday.
A notice of room rent for singles and professionals is tagged on the wall.
A worker uploads furniture on a truck as a family leave their rented house.
Two three-wheeler drivers transporting furniture of a family.
Furniture of a family are piled up on a truck as they leave their present accommodation.