Published:  08:25 PM, 31 March 2019

Nor'wester hits capital, causes traffic chaos

 Nor'wester hits capital, causes traffic chaos
A nor'wester coupled with hailstorm and rain swept the capital on Sunday evening.

The tropical storm, the first of the season, hit the capital around 6:15 pm and lasted for a few minutes, according to the Met Office.

It recorded a wind speed of 74 km per hour and 17 mm of rain during the storm, said Meteorologist Bazlur Rashid.
The sudden rain caused a widespread traffic chaos in the city, inflicting sufferings on those returning home from their offices.

Zillur Rahman, assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC), said the authorities suspended the water transport services on the route from 5:40 pm due to the bad weather.mA total of 16 ferries and around 400 vehicles remained stuck on both sides of the river, said the official adding that the services will be resumed once the weather condition improves.

The latest Met Office bulletin said rain/thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty/squally wind is likely to occur at many places over Rangpur, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions, and at a few places over Khulna, Barishal and Rajshahi divisions with hails at isolated places. Rain or thundershowers may continue for the subsequent two days.

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