Torrential rain pounds city

Most thoroughfares, low-lying areas go under water

Heavy rainfalls on Friday lashed the capital Dhaka, triggering waterlogging in many areas and causing immense sufferings to city dwellers. The rains also crippled the life in Dhaka as most of the roads of different parts of the capital went under ankle to knee-deep water. The worst affected areas include Mohammadpur, Karwan Bazar, Sobhanbagh, Panthapath, Greenroad, Fakirapool, Khilgaon, Mauchak, Malibagh, Moghbazar, Paltan, Kazipara, Sukrabad and Shantinagar.

Besides, roads, lanes and by-lanes of Rajarbagh, Motijheel, Tejturibazar, Monipuripara, Kazipara and many low-laying areas along with Kazi Nazrul islam avenue and Begum Rokeya Sarani were also inundated due to the rain. The torrential rains also caused severe waterlogging in many parts of the busy populous city.

Hundreds of commuters especially holidaymakers faced huge troubles in reaching their destinations due to water-logging and lake of transports caused by the incessant rains. Though it could not bring the ultimate sufferings for commuters as the day was a weekend, shortage of transport vehicles was acute in the city. Many people were seen walking along the roads for lack of vehicles due to rain.

The Met office recorded 48 millimeters of rainfall till filing of this report on Friday afternoon. According to Met office forecast, heavy rains will continue today and the following day across the country. According to the forecast, the axis of monsoon trough runs through Rajasthan, Horiyana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal to Assam across northern part of Bangladesh. One of its associated trough extends up to North Bay.

Monsoon is active over Bangladesh and moderate over North Bay. Light to moderate rain/thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at most places over Dhaka, Mymensingh, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram & Sylhet divisions with moderately heavy to very heavy falls at places over the country.

Waterlogging is a usual phenomenon in Dhaka city during rainy season as even moderate rainfall is enough to submerge its different areas. Experts said rain water can't pass smoothly due to filling up of local canals and unclean drainage. Besides, rainwater can’t pass smoothly as rubbish and garbage remain scattered everywhere of the roads and lanes due to stagnated water. As a result, the smooth movement of people and vehicles is hampered paralysing the normal life.