It is nothing new in capital Dhaka which frequently goes under water due to heavy rainfall. City dwellers again experienced disruption of trips as many roads were flooded in stormwater yesterday morning. -Mostafizur Rahman
The heavy rain wreaked havoc across Dhaka crippling the normal life as most of the city roads went under water that caused immense sufferings to commuters. The torrential rains threw the capital city out of gear.
People wanted to go out for their own businesses were stranded due to the downpour from the early morning of yesterday. The Met Office recorded 66 millimeter rainfall in three hours starting from 5:50am to 9:00am on Monday, said Muhammad Arif Hossain, meteorologist of Bangla-desh Meteorological Department.
The worst affected areas include Mohammadpur, Dhan-mondi 27, Karwan Bazar, Sobhanbagh, Panthapath, Green Road, Fakirapool, Khilgaon, Mauchak, Malibagh, Moghbazar, Motijheel, Paltan, Kazi-para, Sukrabad, Shanti-nagar, Jatrabari, Mugda and Basabo. The sky changed quickly on Monday morning, where first the prediction was of intermediate rain, but later it changed to heavy to very heavy spell.
Commuters had a torrid time all through morning as the downpour stalled and delayed the vehicular movements. There was a lack of public transports from the morning. This resulted in people spilling onto the roads to try their luck with taxis, auto-rickshaws and rickshaws leading to massive traffic snarls. The office-goers,
students, day laborers, hawkers and ailing patients had to suffer a lot due to the bad weather and downpour. Many of them were seen wading through ankle to knee-deep water on the roads. Several people blamed poor drainage system for the water-logging.
Rashida Akhter, resident of Jatrabari area, told The Asian Age that she had to wait for one hour and thirty minutes to get a rickshaw. She was just trembling. Rains had not stopped for hours. "Moreover, I was standing on the submerged road for long."
A student of class seven was seen returning home in the morning as he could not make his way to school. "It is not possible to go to school in this stormy weather. Moreover, I am not getting any transport. I have no choice but going back my home now," he said.
There were complaints from hundreds of affected people regarding overflowing of drains, and rainwater entering basements, and ground floors of many houses. At some places people were seen crossing roads on boats or vans.
There was a thick patch of clouds over the city that caused the downpour. But the heavy rains are not usual as this is not the monsoon season. A few spells of rain are likely to continue over the next few days in the city, Met officials said.
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