Gridlock as rain floods streets in Dhaka, Ctg

Dhaka,  Sat,  19 August 2017
Published : 12 Jun 2017, 20:32:52 | Updated : 12 Jun 2017, 21:23:48
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Gridlock as rain floods streets in Dhaka, Ctg

Rains dumped by the land depression across Bangladesh have flooded streets and led to huge traffic congestions in cities.

The low moved northeast from the southern district of Bhola and was situated over Comilla on Monday noon, the Met Office said in a special bulletin.

“It is likely to move in a north-northeasterly direction further inland.”

The rains will continue through Tuesday, before losing intensity on Wednesday, meteorologist Ruhul Kuddus said. 

Thundershowers and gusty wind were sweeping across Dhaka, Mymensingh, Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions, with some parts experiencing heavier rains.

Low-lying parts of Chittagong were flooded in overnight rains. The port city saw heavy rains at the end of May when Cyclone Mora hit its coasts.

In Dhaka, notorious for congestion, police struggled to control traffic with streets overrun with rainwater.

The situation was worse in the afternoon, with people trying desperately to return home from work.

“Flooded roads made afternoon traffic even worse,” said Sergeant Mashiur Rahman at Shahbagh. 

The traffic situation was equally bad at Shantinagar, Ruposhi Bangla Mor, Moghbazar and Malibagh-Mouchak area, said Md Alauddin, senior assistant commissioner of police of Ramna Division.

As much as 94mm of rain was recorded in Chittagong and 68mm in Dhaka between 6am and 12pm on Monday, according to bdnews24.com.

 
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