City dwellers suffer for waterlogging

Staff Correspondent

5 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

City dwellers suffer for waterlogging

Overnight rain has inundated many parts of the capital, causing sufferings for commuters. The photo was taken from Green Road on Sunday. Reaz Ahmed Sumon

Residents of many areas in the capital suffered all day long due to  waterlogging after heavy downpour on Sunday morning.

City residents, particularly those who went outside for attending offices, providing emergency services and purchasing essentials at kitchen markets, suffered on alleyways and roads due to ankle-to-waist-deep water.

They also alleged that rainwater entered houses, markets and other establishments in different areas in the capital.

Besides, members of law enforcement agencies, rickshaw-pullers and passersby suffered a lot due to the unrelenting rain since the morning.

Some residents living in Bangabazar, Karwan Bazar, Badda, Malibagh, Dhanmondi, Lalmatia, Mirpur, Tejturibazar, Tejkunipara, Rajarbagh, Manik Mia Avenue, Uttarkhan and Dakkhinkhan areas said they suffered on roads and alleys due to the waterlogging.

Talking to the Daily Sun, Arif Hossain, a meteorologist of Bangladesh Meteorological Department, said that they recorded 41mm rain from 6:00am to 12:00pm, in six hours, in Dhaka while one mm rain was recorded from 12:00pm to 6:00pm.

Jahidul Islam, a resident of Sobhanbag in Dhanmondi, said residents of their area and nearby areas have to deal with ankle-to-waist-deep water since the morning.

“I go out for some emergency purchase for my family but the road in front of my house goes under water. People of the area who have to go to kitchen market, pharmacy and other places have suffered a lot. Even, the rickshaw-pullers are not interested in wading through the waterlogged road,” he said.

Business owners of Karwan Bazar said the rain in the morning caused a great a suffering for them as the market went under ankle-deep water. 

They also alleged that their goods were damaged in the rainwater.

Abdur Rahim a vegetable trader, said, “We could not sit at Karwan Bazar today because all the area went under ankle-deep water. There was no situation for buying and selling. We have told the authorities many times that after a little rain the area goes under water.”

Easin Rana, a resident of Ainusbag Road of Dakkhin Khan, said that residents of his area suffered a lot due to the rain in the morning.

“Rainwater mixing with the waste water of drains enters different houses and shops. Commuters have to go to market for buying essentials sloshing through the putrid water. It is unbearable for us because we have to face the situation after a little rain every day,” Easin said.

Residents of Dhanmondi 27 area and Lalmatia said they had to deal with knee-deep water while leaving the houses, and had the worst experience in the year due to the waterlogging.

Talking to the Daily Sun, DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam said they need time to resolve the waterlogging problem from Dhaka because of the volume of the task. 

“We will solve the waterlogging problem of all the places gradually. There was waterlogging problem before the TCB at Karwan Bazar but it was solved. Like this, we have solved the problem of different places of the capital. But now, we will pay attention to other places and for that we need 3-4 months more.”