Down with downpour

The rain came as a relief after a spell of scorching heat in the last few days; city life crippled

Staff Correspondent

20th June, 2019 10:59:25 printer

A number of low-lying areas went under water after a downpour on Thursday causing traffic congestion and sufferings for commuters. 

The areas include Mauchak, Malibagh, Maniknagar, Mughda, Shantinagar, Razarbagh, Mughda, Gopibagh, Gulbagh, Sayedabad, Jatrabari, Mirpur, Azimpur, New Market and old parts of Dhaka.

Motor vehicles including CNG-operated auto-rickshaws and private cars found it difficult to ply in the water-logged thoroughfares compelling many of the commuters to leave their vehicles and wade through water.

And ongoing construction work of metro rail, repair work on roads in many places and garbage and filths mixed with rain water further aggravated the situation. Office goers and students of schools, colleges and universities were the worst sufferers.

Hundreds of passengers of buses and other vehicles had to wait for hours due to unbearable traffic snarl-up.

Experts blame poor drainage system for the water-logging in the capital city. No sustainable initiative has been taken to address the nuisance, they said.

In the morning, this correspondent found that the areas from Azimpur Bus Stand to Palashi, the road in front of Dhaka University Gymnasium and some parts of the road from Tejgaon Satrasta to Mohakhali were waterlogged.

With the monsoon shower, city dwellers, however, had also some respite from the heat wave in the last few days.

Weather report says trough of low lies over West Bengal to Northeast Bay across southern Bangladesh. Southwest monsoon has advanced up north covering Barishal, Chattogram, Dhaka, Sylhet and Mymensingh divisions.

Under its influence, light to moderate rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at many places over Rangpur, Mymensingh, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions and at a few places over Rajshahi, Dhaka, Khulna and Barishal divisions with moderately heavy to heavy falls at places over the country.