Published:  01:39 AM, 13 August 2017

Rain throws city life out of gear

Rain throws city life out of gear   'The rain, it raineth every day', so said the poet. And every day life struggles through the water in this sprawling city that many call an expanding urban slum. Here, in Old Dhaka, the rains are a great leveler, bringing people and rickshaws together.

Monsoon rain for the second consecutive day on Saturday was continuing across the country including the capital city of Dhaka disrupting normal life. The working people of low-income group, especially the day laborers, suffered much in the city as rain disrupted their normal life. The rain slowed down vehicular movement on city streets triggering traffic gridlock that caused sufferings to office-goers and students.

The Met office recorded 16.0 mm of rainfall in Dhaka from 6am to 12 noon yesterday. The highest 218 mm of rainfall was recorded at Sitakunda during the period. Heavy (44-88mm) to very heavy (89mm or more) rainfall is likely to occur at places  over Rangpur, Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Sylhet, Dhaka and Chittagong divisions during the next 24 hours starting at 10am yesterday, according to the Met office.

Due to heavy to very heavy rainfall, landslides may occur at places over the hilly regions of Chittagong and Sylhet divisions. Meanwhile, several thousand people have been marooned in Kurigram, Panchagarh and Sunamganj districts due to the rise of water level in Brahmaputra, Dharala, Karatoa, Teesta and Surma rivers following heavy rainfall and onrush of water from the upstream.

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