Thousands suffer as heavy rain triggers waterlogging in city

Dhaka,  Sat,  22 July 2017
Published : 12 Jul 2017, 00:48:53
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Thousands suffer as heavy rain triggers waterlogging in city

Normal life in disarray
FE Report


The capital city experienced heavy rainfall on Tuesday triggering waterlogging at different places, thus causing untold sufferings to commuters, especially the working people.

The 43-millimeter rain, from morning to noon on the day, inundated many areas of the city, throwing the normal life into total disarray.

The capital's traffic system almost collapsed in many places.

The commuters suffered as vehicular movement was halted for hours on waterlogged streets while ongoing works of city corporations, WASA and metro rail project made the situation worst for pedestrians.

Most parts of the city witnessed inundation on the day causing serious traffic snarls in major thoroughfares, including Gabtoli Mazar Road, Mirpur, Karwan Bazar, Paltan, Gulshan, Baridhara, Badda, Banani, Kakrail, Rampura, Gulistan and Motijheel.

"It took me over two and half hours to reach Paltan as bus couldn't move due to heavy traffic amid waterlogging from Mirpur Section 10 to Shewrapara and again from Farmgate to Karwan Bazar," Md Mohosin Reza, a sales executive of a private bank, told the FE.

Ms Shahida Parvin, mother of a student, said there was scarcity of rickshaws due to inundation of roads.

"Rain causes hardships to people like me if it continues even for an hour in the city as it is enough to flood an area", said Ms Parvin, while returning home from her child's school at Shenpara Parbata in Mirpur.   

Md Harunur Rashid, a traffic sergeant at Karwan Bazar, said the ongoing development works of the City Corporations have made the roads most risky for people in many places of the city during inundation.

"More than 10 buses and cars became out of order on the roads between Mirpur and Karwan Bazar on Tuesday. This further caused traffic congestion," he said.      

Md Abul Kalam Mallik, a meteorologist with the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, told the FE that the capital witnessed a 43 millimeter rain between 6.00am and 3.00pm on Tuesday.

He said the rain might continue for next three days. Intensity of rain, however, might decrease after the period.

However, the highest rainfall was measured at 66 mm at Dimla in Nilpahamari, 64 mm in Cox's Bazar, 54 mm  at Tarash in Sirajganj and 40mm  in Bogra  between 6.00am and 3.00pm on the day.

Light to moderate rain is likely to occur at most places over Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong, Sylhet, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Rangpur, and Rajshahi divisions, the Met Office in its 24-hour forecast said.

Experts said the city's poor drainage system is mainly responsible for such waterlogging.

Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) officials said drains in the city cannot even manage a 40-millimetre (mm) rainfall amid vanishing of water bodies, rivers and lakes.    

A Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) research showed that about 52 per cent of the lowlands and 33 per cent of water bodies-rivers and lakes--around Dhaka city have been lost to urbanisation between 1960 and 2008.

The BCAS study showed wetlands adjacent to Dhaka shrank from 5.85 sq kilometres (kms) to 3.95 sq kms between 2005 and 2011.

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