KHULNA: Torrential rains coupled with a low created in the North Bay, adjacent to the Bangladesh cost has disrupted normal life and hampering business activities in Khulna and its adjoining districts over the last couple of days. The sky is overcast with heavy clouds.
Almost all the low lying areas, residential houses, educational institutions, kitchen markets, slums and ground floors of most buildings of Labonchara, Mistripara, Nabunagar, Gallamari, Rupsha, Sonadanga and Harintana in the city have been affected severely by water logging.
Besides, all sorts of business activities have remained been stranded due to the downpour that caused water-logging in most parts of the city.
Deputy Director of Khulna Met Office Md Amirul Azad said over cell phone that they recorded 42.0 mm rainfall during the last 9 hours, starting from Wednesday (Sept 29) 6:00 am to 3.00 pm.
The rain is likely to continue for couple of days more caused by a monsoon wind, he added. Hundreds of fishing boats and trawlers in the North Bay has been asked to move with caution till further notice, Amirul Azad further said.
Meanwhile, the drainage system of Khulna city was greatly interrupted as rainwater could not pass through the drains properly due to their unplanned constructions.
Chief Conservancy Officer of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Md Abdul Aziz said over cell phone rain and waste water cannot pass through the drains and canals as those have been narrowed by the land sharks.
“We have been working since morning everyday in the rainy season to clean the drains from getting clogged, Conservancy Officer Aziz further said.
Owners of makeshift shops on footpath also suffered very much, as they had to keep their shops shut because of the downpour. Day labourers, perhaps, were the worst sufferers of the day, as they could not get any work and hence earn wages on the entire day.
Humayun Kabir Tutul, a hawker who sells his wares at Dakbanglow area under Sadar thana in the city said, “I had to keep my shop shut and I lost a day’s earnings.” Besides, the number of customers was thin at shopping malls, market places and other business establishments in the city.
Member Secretary of Khulna Nagorik Samaj Advocate Babul Hawlader alleged the KCC’s conservancy department does not clean the drains regularly. Besides, the authorities are not sincere to evict the grabbers, he alleged.