Heavy rainfall again on Thursday submerged most of the Chittagong city’s low-lying areas, leaving the city dwellers in perpetual sufferings from stagnant rain water and damaged roads.
Continuous rains for the last several days, just with a one-day break, have disrupted road communications, much to miseries of the commuters.
Every monsoon nearly one third of the city goes under water as its southern part gets inundated during high tide even without rain.
Many of the city low-lying areas, including Shulakbahar, Bahaddarhat, Pahartali, Kalamia Bazar, Kalurghat, Sholoshohor Gate No 2, Agrabad, Prabartak Circle, Chawkbazar, Muradpur, Chandgaon and Bakalia went under knee- to waist-high water.
The commuters, including office-goers, students and factory workers, suffered immensely due to the incessant downpour.
The water also inundated many residential houses and business firms in the low-lying areas, leaving people marooned.
Motorised vehicles almost stopped plying the streets while a few rickshaws were seen to carry passengers at three to four times’ higher fare than the usual one.
Some vehicles waded through waist-deep water on the road amidst rain in Bohoddarhat, Muradpur, CDA and Chawkbazar area of the city.
In Sholosohor kitchen market area, shopkeeper Rimon was seen to bail out water from his shop.
He said that most of the necessary food items such as onion, rice, flour, pulses and sugar were damaged as rain water entered their shop.
Amid rain, huge tailback increased the anguish of commuters.
Sadhon Dey, businessman of the city’s GEC area, said, ‘I started at 1:00pm from the city’s GEC area for Bandartila but remained stuck at Dewanhat for an hour.’
According to Patenga Met Office assistant meteorologist Md Hossain, 37.4 mm rainfall was recorded in the last 24 hours, as of 3:00pm on the day.
A large number of motor vehicles were seen stranded in waterlogged areas throughout the city, with many of them out-of-order in knee- to waist-deep water.
Additional deputy commissioner (revenue) Md Delwar Hossain told New Age the nearest schools in those areas were declared shelters so that people can take refuge.
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