Monday, 4 July, 2022

Major areas in Ctg port city get waterlogged after overnight rains; 2 electrocuted

Two people died from electrocution in a waterlogged house as overnight heavy downpour inundated major parts of Chattogram port city on Monday.

They got electrocuted while trying to turn off an IPS in the house at Katalganj residential area under Panchlaish police station in the morning, said Nazim Uddin Majumder, officer-in-Charge (OC) of Panchlaish Police Station,.

The deceased were identified as Mohammad Hossain, 38, son of Saleh Ahmed of Sattroya area of Mirsarai upazila and caretaker Abu Taher, 65, son of late Abdur Rauf of Ghazaltala area of Khagrachhari district.

Visiting different areas of the city, the UNB correspondent reported that Bahaddarhat, Chandgaon and low-ying areas of Agrabad have been flooded due to heavy rains throughout the night.

Although the rain stopped after 6:30 am but people have been facing trouble due to waterlogging.

Those who came out of their homes to join daily works in the morning were the worst sufferers.

Despite repeated assurances from the authorities concerned to end waterlogging, the city dwellers witnesses severe waterlogging every year during monsoon.

Talking to UNB, Md Rafiq, a resident of Baddarhat area, said the road to Bahaddarbari was extended a few days ago. The surrounding drains were also expanded to ensure drainage of rainwater. “But even then waterlogging did not end.”

Even Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) Mayor Md Rezaul Karim Chowdhury got stranded as floodwater entered his Baddarhat residence.

The mayor said the city dwellers will have to suffe until the ongoing work of the Chittagong Development Authority to end waterlogging ends.

"Earlier I said waterlogging will continue this year too, " he added.

Earlier, there were many reservoirs in different areas of the city including Bakalia and Halishahar but now those have been filled, he said.

The canals and drains of the city are regularly being cleaned for drainage of the rainwater, he added.

According to Patenga Meteorological Office,  it has recorded a maximum rainfall of 242mm in the last 24 hours as it has been raining since Sunday evening.  Moderate to heavy rainfall may continue in this region for two more days.

Due to heavy rainfall, landslides may occur at places over the hilly regions of Chattogram and Sylhet divisions, said the met office in their latest bulletin.