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Downpour downs Ctg

3 killed in electrocution, landslide; sufferings of city dwellers mount

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 21 June, 2022 12:00 AM
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Downpour downs Ctg
Vehicles are seen moving on an inundated road at a low-lying area in the port city on Monday. Rabin Chowdhury

CHATTOGRAM: Torrential rain caused untold sufferings for residents of low-lying areas in the port city on Monday.

Though the rain stopped in the morning, the low-lying areas, including Bahoddarhat, Chandgaon, Chawk Bazar, Agrabad CDA and Halishahar, of the city remained waterlogged all day long.  

Residents of the affected areas experienced immense sufferings as water entered houses, business and commercial establishments there.

Office goers and garment workers suffered much as movement of traffic was disrupted at some roads due to waterlogging.

Met office in the city's Patenga area recorded some 236mm rainfall in 24 hours until 9:00am on Monday.

The Met Office also forecasted more rain in the next two days.

Moreover, three people were killed in electrocution and landslide following the rainfall on the day.

The deceased were identified as Abu Taher, 65, Md Abul Hossain, 38, and Md Abu Raihan, 12.

Sources said the ground floor of ‘Khan House’ of city’s Katalganj area was inundated due to the rainfall for three days. Caretaker Taher and driver Hossain were trying to disconnect the electricity connection of IPS system on in the morning.

The duo came into contact with live electric wire at that time and sustained severe injuries.

They were rushed to a private hospital where doctors declared them dead, said Officer-in-Charge Nazim Uddin Majumder of Panchlaish Police Station. On the other hand, adolescent boy Raihan was sleeping at his father’s shop in the city’s Green View Residential area.

Suddenly, a chunk of mud from a nearby hill fell on the shop, burying Raihan. The accident left the boy killed on the spot. The relatives had taken the body to their village home at Laksam in Cumilla before police rushed to the spot, said OC Nazim.

The rain that started on Thursday continued until Monday early hours.

It intensified on Sunday evening, submerging more areas of the port city.

Mentionable, Chattogram Development Authority (CDA) in cooperation with the Bangladesh Army started works on a mega project for addressing the waterlogging crisis in the port city on April 28 in 2018.

Over 70 percent works of Tk 5,616 crore project have already been completed, said sources.

On Saturday last, four people were killed and two others injured in separate incidents of landslides in Barisalghona area of Jhilparr and Bijayanagar Lake City area under Akbar Shah police station in the city.

Due to lack of permanent measures, thousands of people are still living on vulnerable hill slopes, risking their lives in the port city and its suburbs.

Politically influential people build the houses on risky hill slopes, which are government khas land, and rent them to the low-income people.