Countrywide heavy rainfall continues

20 Oct 2017, 22:18

Online Desk

Dhaka: Moderate to heavy rainfall, triggered by land depression in the Bay, has been continuing throughout the country including the capital Dhaka, disrupting the normal life in the city and elsewhere in Bangladesh on Friday.

Residents of Khulna, Barisal and Dhaka divisions witnessed the most downpours as the Met office recorded 90 mm, 86 mm and 76 mm rainfall in the three divisions respectively from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, said Sarwar Alam, assistant meteorologist of Dhaka Met office.

The Met office also recorded 47 mm rainfall in Rajshahi division, 40 mm in Mymensingh, 25 mm in Rangpur, 14 mm in Chittagong divisions and six mm in Sylhet division in last 12 hours, Sarwar added.

Under the influence of land depression over Odisha coast and adjoining area, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at places over Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Rangpur divisions during next 24 hrs commencing 12:00 pm, said a special bulletin from the Met office.

The Met Office also said the rain may continue till Saturday and the weather is likely to improve on Sunday.

Besides, the maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal no three due to the depression formed in the Bay.

The depression over coastal Odisha and adjoining area moved Northwestwards and was centred at 6:00 am on Friday over Odisha and adjoining area as a land depression.

Under the influence of the land depression the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Cox's Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Bhola, Barisal, Patuakhali, Jhalakati, Pirojpur, Barguna, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by wind driven surge of 1-2 feet height above normal astronomical tide.

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

As the day is a holiday, the people preferred to stay inside their residences. Besides, those who were going to appear in the examinations are suffering a lot due to the incessant rainfall.

However, the newly intruded Rohingyas of Rakhine state of Myanmar, who have taken shelter in several makeshift camps in Cox's Bazar district, suffered much due to the torrential rainfall.

The Met office recorded nine mm rainfall in the district in the last 12 hours.

Hundreds of Rohingyas, who fled Myanmar to avoid military persecution, were seen roaming throughout the day for searching a place to save themselves from rain while many were seen staying in the tents provided by the UNHCR.