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No let-up in waterlogging in port city

Youth goes missing after falling into drain

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 26 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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No let-up in waterlogging in port city
Vehicles and rickshaws struggle to move through knee-deep water on a busy road submerged by rainwater in Muradpur area of Chattogram city on Wednesday. (Inset), firefighters search for a youth named Salamat, who fell into a drain and went missing in Muradpur. – Rabin chowdhury

CHATTOGRAM: Waterlogging was created in different places of the port city due to a heavy rain on Wednesday morning, causing immense sufferings for commuters.

Sources said the rain that started on Tuesday midnight continued until 10:00am on Wednesday.

Commuters, mainly office-goers, were the worst victims of the waterlogging as movement of traffic came to a halt at some roads at that time.

Drivers of public transport charged additional fares from commuters cashing in the situation, sources alleged.

The low-lying areas, including Sholoshahar Gate No-2, Shulokbahar, Muradpur, Badurtala, Bahoddarhat, Chandgaon, Chawk Bazar, Khatunganj, Agrabad, CDA Residential Area and Halishahar Housing Estate, were inundated because of the rainfall. Rainwater entered residences and business establishments in the areas. However, the stagnant water was draining out slowly as the day advanced, they said.

The Met Office recorded some 36.00mm rainfall in 24 hours till 3:00pm on Wednesday.

Assistant Meteorologist Ujjwal Kanti Paul forecasted a moderate-to-heavy rainfall in 24 hours till 6:00pm today.

On the other hand, a youth washed away after falling into a drain in the city’s Muradpur area during the heavy rainfall.

The ill-fated identified as Md Salamat, 34, remained missing since then.

A team of Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD), Chattogram started a drive to rescue him at 11:00am.

They couldn’t trace out the victim till the filing of the report in the evening.

Chattogram Development Authority (CDA) in cooperation with the Bangladesh Army started work of a mega project for addressing the longstanding waterlogging crisis in the port city on April 28 in 2018. Over 50 per cent work of the project involving Tk 5,616 crore has already been completed, the sources said.