DHAKA, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Frequent power outage and rapid voltage fluctuation in Bangladesh not only make public life intolerable but also cause huge damages to electronic appliances.
Some electronic appliance traders told Xinhua on Wednesday the rate of complaints about the damage of the goods has increased abnormally with the rise in load shedding across the country.
They said most complaints are being received about the damage of lift, air conditioner, refrigerator, washing machine, micro-oven, lights and fan.
The incidents of damage to electronic appliances have risen by 50 percent due to frequent, abrupt load shedding, said a senior staff of a lift and air-condition trading company.
He said, "We are receiving 50 percent more complaints these days than before while load shedding is not so serious."
He said that when an elevator, with capacity of six persons, gets damaged, it costs between 10,000 taka (142 U.S. dollars) and 100,000 taka (1420 U.S. dollars) for repair.
The price of such a lift is between one million taka (about 14,200 U.S. dollars) and 1.7 million taka (about 24,200 U.S. dollars)depending on quality and brand, he added.
An official of Samsung Electronic said complaints about damage to air-conditioners and refrigerators are rising fast.
He said if a refrigerator is affected by power outage or voltage fluctuation, it costs 1,200 taka (17 U.S. dollars) or more for repair.
The power supply situation in Bangladesh marked a serious deterioration with the start of the summer in March. Dwellers in capital Dhaka have to experience load shedding for several hours a day and people in other places of the country are experiencing more hours of load shedding.