Dhaka reels under rainwater again

11 Jul 2017, 16:08 | updated: 11 Jul 2017, 20:34

Online Desk

Dhaka: Dhaka once again witnessed severe traffic congestions and waterlogging triggered by intermittent rains, inflicting immense sufferings on commuters and disrupting normal life on Tuesday.

Many roads, lanes and by-lanes at different parts of the city went under knee-deep water reminding the city authorities about the lack of capacity of its drainage system to dispose of even normal rainwater.

Dhaka saw 43 mm of rainfall in 24 hours till 6:00pm on Monday, said Abul Kalam Mallik, a meteorologist at Bangladesh Meteorological Department. "It's moderate rainfall."

He said intermittent rainfall may continue in Dhaka city until July 14 as the monsoon is active over Bangladesh.

Commuters in the capital suffered immensely as waterlogging created on many roads in Old Dhaka, Mauchak, Malibagh, Shatinagar, Razarbagh, Paltan, Motijheel, Mirpur, Kallayanpur, Dhanmondi, Sabujbagh, Khilgaon, Merul Badda, Khilkhet, Rampura, Shyampur and Demra and some other areas causing serious traffic congestions, said victims.

Witnesses said office goers and students suffered a lot due to water loggings during the rush hour.

The situation turned worse in areas like Rampura, Chowdhurypara and Mauchak and Malibagh where road construction work under different development projects are going on, said Laila, a commuter from Malibagh.

Rokeya Begum, who was taking her daughter to a school at Khilgaon from Malibagh, said they had to wade through filthy water as the whole street in her area was submerged and they did not get any vehicle.

CNG-run auto-rickshaws and rickshaws that were on the roads braving the rain demanded high fares as the public transport system went out of gear.

Poor people, particularly those living in slums and low laying areas, are the worst sufferers as the rainwater swamped their shanties house.

Low-income people, mainly the day-labourers, suffered much as rain disrupted their normal pace of life.

The condition might get worsen further in the coming days as the Met office forecast said the rain might continue for the next two to three days.

A Met office bulletin said heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at places over Chittagong, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions during the next 24 hours commencing at 10:00 am on Tuesday due to the active monsoon.

Landslides may occur at places over the hilly regions of Chittagong and Sylhet divisions due to heavy downpours, it said adding that the day and night temperatures may fall slightly over the country.

Meanwhile, the torrential rain worsened the flood situation in the northern districts as water levels in joint rivers located between Bangladesh and India were persistently surging due to the onrush of water from the upstream hilly areas for the past few days, said the Met office.