Heavy rains inundated many parts of the capital on Wednesday causing severe water-logging which disrupted traffic movements and hampered city life.
Commuters found it difficult to reach places of work on time as rains started pouring down around the time they leave for work.
They remained stranded on streets for hours as vehicles avoided taking water-logged roads or their movements were slowed down due to rains.
Bangladesh Meteorological Department said that they recorded 52 millimetres of rainfall in six hours starting from 6:00am.
Most parts of Mirpur and many roads in Agargaon, Farmgate, Mohammadpur, Karwan Bazar, Banglamotors, Tejgaon, Mohakhali, Kuril Biswaroad, Airport Road and Banani areas went under knee-deep water.
Television channels telecast live updates on water-logging on roads, especially from Banani area where private cars were seen running through water with their headlights submerged.
At Agargaon intersection, traffic came to an abrupt halt between 9:30am and 11:30am.
‘There was so much water on the streets that children took the opportunity to swim in it,’ said Zohair Islam, a Green University student who missed his class being stuck in traffic at Agargaon.
Residents were afraid about what awaited their fate for the monsoon was yet to arrive.
They blasted Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority and the two city corporations as the promises they made last year about ending water-logging problem by next monsoon turned hollow.
‘I will not hesitate to regret being born in this country where nobody cares about the plight of the people,’ said Muhit Anwar, a resident of Chairmanbari in Mohakhali area.
DWASA managing director Taqsem A Khan, however, said that he did not know of any place in the capital where rain caused water-logging on Wednesday.
The met office predicted moderate to heavy rains at places all over the country in 24 hours starting from 6:00pm on Wednesday.
The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre said that water levels in Sylhet, Sunamganj, Netrakona and Sherpur might rise rapidly in the next 24 hours from 9:00am on Wednesday.
United News of Bangladesh reported that torrential rains over the past two days flooded 30 villages at Akhaura in Brahmanbaria.
Onrush of water from Indian hills through Kalindi canal along Akhaura Land port area inundated different areas and roads at Kalikapur, Birchandrapur, Abdulahipur and Bongerchar villages, UNB reported.
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