Rain paralyses Chattogram

Staff Correspondent . Chattogram | Published: 01:02, Sep 13,2019


Auto-rickshaw drivers drag away their vehicles that went out of order in knee-high water on a road near Prabartak crossing in Chattogram city following heavy rains on Thursday. — Star Mail photo

Continued shower and and tidal surge disrupted normal life of citizens and flooded many low lying areas of Chattogram on Thursday.

It was drizzling since Wednesday night and on Thursday morning heavy shower triggered waterlogging causing huge traffic congestion in some areas of Chattogram city. Office-goers, students and apparel workers had to suffer a lot following the downpour as vehicles were seen stuck in waterlogged areas.

Moderate-torrential rain continued whole the day. 

Rainwater and tidal water marooned almost all low lying areas of Chattogram such as CDA residential area, Muradpur, Bahddarhat, Baklia, Agrabad, Halishahar, and Chawkbazar.

Rasheda Begum, a resident of Andarkillah, told New she was waiting for an hour for a rickshaw or CNG to send her daughter to the school at the city’s Nasirabad area.

Many of the city homes have been submerged under rain water. In low lying areas of Sholashahar and Chandgaon some people were seen cooking on stoves keeping those on their beds as water submerged the floor of their houses.

Sikder Miah, an auto-rickshaw driver of Port Connecting Road, told New Age passengers thought they had made a petty-income by increasing fares during rains. ‘But we also suffer a lot due to waterlogging.’

The rainwater caused long tailback at Muradpur gate 2.

Patenga Met office assistant meteorologist Biswajit Chowdhury said rain would likely to continue for two to three more days due to the monsoon and rain accompanied by thundershowers would likely to occur.

The Met office recorded 25mm rainfall till noon in the city on Thursday.

Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind was likely to occur at most places over Rajshahi, Rangpur, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions with moderately heavy to very heavy falls at places over the country.

All maritime ports were advised to hoist local cautionary signal three.

Met office also warned that landslide might take place in hilly areas of Chattogram.

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