Commuters experienced severe traffic congestion on different roads in the capital on Sunday due to rain caused by a depression in the Bay of Bengal.
Office-goers and school, college and university students were the worst sufferers as they faced difficulties in reaching their destinations in the morning due to shortage of vehicles.
Rain began in the capital and other parts of the country in the early hours. But water-logging was not seen in the capital.
Many areas of the capital, including Dhanmondi, Gabtoli, Mirpur-10 intersection, Shewrapara and Agargaon, witnessed severe traffic jam on the day due to incessant rains.
In many places, passengers complained that CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers charged them higher fares due to shortage of vehicles on the roads.
Middle- and low-income people, who use rickshaws to travel short distance, suffered a lot due to shortage of rickshaws while the fare was quite high.
Traffic congestion was also seen in Farmgate, Karwan Bazar, Badda, Rampura, Khilgaon, Mouchak, Shantinagar, Jatrabari, Kakrail, Moghbazar, Paltan, Motijheel, Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Hatirjheel, Panthapath, Shahbagh, Banani, Baridhara, Airport and Uttara areas.
Raid Uddin Ahmed, a student of a private university in Rampura, said, “I left my campus at 2:00pm but could not return home after three hours due to acute shortages of buses and CNG-run auto-rickshaws on the street.”
Md Bazlur Rashid, a meteorologist of Bangladesh Meteorological Department, said, “The condition may improve further on Monday as the depression over the Northwest Bay and adjoining area weakened into a well marked low and now lies over Northwest Bay and adjoining Northeast Bay. It is likely to move in a northeasterly direction further and weaken gradually.”
He also said, “Light to moderate rain is likely to occur at most places over Dhaka, Mymensingh, Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions and at many places over Rajshahi division and at one or two places over Rangpur division with moderately heavy to heavy falls at places over Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Dhaka divisions.”
Meanwhile, the maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoist distant cautionary signal No. 3 while all the river ports have been asked to hoist signal No. 1.
All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution. They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.