Non-stop rain hits city life | 2017-08-13 |

Non-stop rain hits city life

Commuters suffer due to waterlogging, tailback

Staff Correspondent     13 August, 2017 12:00 AM printer

Non-stop rain hits city life

Incessant rain over the last few days submerged most of the roads and low-lying areas in the capital, bringing city life to a standstill.

In the circumstances, commuters faced severe problems in reaching their destinations due to shortage of transports on submerged roads.

The monsoon rain intensified sufferings of commuters amid long tailbacks on waterlogged streets.

In many places, people had to walk through knee-deep water.

Many city-dwellers blamed poor drainage system, dilapidated roads and unplanned road digging in the capital for waterlogging.

Business activities came to a stop in the aftermath of the monsoon rain that poured last couple of days.

Ariful Islam, a worker at a private firm, said he had to struggle to reach his destination from Mohammadpur  due to waterlogging and traffic jam on roads.

Saiful Islam, a resident of Kuril, said it took three hours to reach his residence from Maniknagar due to huge traffic jam.  

Due to the incessant rain, woes of people in many areas in the capital intensified for inundation and stagnant water.

Poor people, particularly those living in slums and lowlands, were the worst sufferers from the rainwater that swamped their shanties.

A large number of motor vehicles were out of order on roads as rainwater entered the engines through air filters.A small number of public transports were seen plying the streets while drivers of CNG-run auto-rickshaws, taxis and rickshaws charged high fares, cashing in on the troublesome situation.

Waterlogging and traffic jam were created in Mirpur 10, Kazipara, Shewrapara, Mirpur, Senpara Parbata, Badda, Rampura, Malibagh, Moghbazar, Mouchak, Bangshal, Chawkbazar, Sutrapur, Nababpur, Motijheel, Shantinagar, Kakrail, Sabujbagh, Khilgaon, Shyampur, , Farmagte, Uttara, Dakhinkhan, Dhanmondi, Mohammadpur, Sayedabad and Jatrabari  areas of the capital on Saturday.

The met office said the axis of monsoon trough runs through the Indian states of Punjab, Hariyana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal to Assam across northern part of Bangladesh.

 One of its associated troughs extends up to the north Bay. Monsoon is active over Bangladesh and moderate over the north Bay, it said.

Light to moderate rain and thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at most places in Rangpur, Rajshahi, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions with heavy to very heavy falls at places over the country.