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Drizzle cripples normal life in Khulna

  • Our Correspondent
  • 7 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Drizzle cripples normal life in Khulna

KHULNA: Continual light rains and day-long drizzle caused by recent depression in the North Bay, adjacent to the Bangladesh coast has disrupted normal life and hampering business activities in greater Khulna district.

The sky is overcast with heavy clouds. Pedestrians faced troubles while moving on city roads, as the roads became muddy due to the light rain. Most of the city dwellers confined themselves in their homes and very few transports plied on city roads, demanding high fares from the passengers.

Md Amirul Azad, Deputy Director of Khulna Met Office said over cell phone that they recorded 51 mm rainfall during the last 33 hours, starting from Saturday 6:00 am to Monday 3:00 pm. He also said cautionary signal No. 3 has been hoisted at maritime ports and coastal areas, while signal No.1 at river ports in the region.

Hundreds of fishing boats and trawlers in the North Bay has been asked to move with caution till further notice, he further said.

People’s living in different shoals, riverbanks and coastal area also became stranded, as water level at sea and rivers increased two-three feet higher than the normal level due to inclement weather.

Meanwhile, the drainage system of Khulna city was greatly interrupted as rainwater could not pass through the drains properly due to their unplanned constructions, and thus caused water-logging in the city.

Residents of Sonadanga residential area under wards 18 and 19 of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) alleged that even after a light rain, the roads in the area become muddy because the water cannot flow through the drains due to wastes blocked there. The situation at other wards under the KCC is almost the same.

President of Greater Khulna Development Action Coordination Committee (GKDACC) Sheikh Ashrafuzzaman alleged the KCC’s sanitation department does not clean the drains regularly. Besides, the authorities are not sincere to evict the grabbers, he added.

Many residents said they could not even buy their daily essentials from city markets on Monday as prices of essential commodities including vegetables and other food items also increased due to squally weather.

Owners of makeshift shops on footpath also suffered very much, as they had to keep their shops shut because of the continual drizzle. 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.

Babul Das, a hawker who sells his wares at Dakbangalow 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.