Heavy rain pounds several parts of country

111221045524-climate-dhaka-horizontal-large-gallery (763 x 430)DHAKA, July 26, 2017 – Rain pounded several parts of the country particularly in Dhaka city throwing life out of gear as the monsoon rain has continued since the past few days, reports BSS.

Torrential rain led to a deluge-like situation in low-lying areas of the country, including Chittagong and Dhaka cities.

An official of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) told BSS that 56 millimeters were recorded in Dhaka city from 6am to 12 noon today. The rainfall would start decreasing from tomorrow.

Due to active monsoon heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at places over Rajshahi, Dhaka, Khulna, Barisal and Chittagong divisions during the next 24 hours commencing at 10 am of today, a Met Office weather bulletin said.

Due to heavy rainfall landslide may occur at many places in Chittagong division.

According to a BMD weather bulletin, a squally weather is unlikely over north Bay and adjoining coastal areas.

Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to show lower signals.

Incessant rains since last night led to heavy water-logging in Dhaka city causing sufferings for commuters.

According to experts, poor drainage system is largely responsible for water-logging in Dhaka city as moderate rainfall is enough to submerge many areas of the city.

Meanwhile, city’s most of the areas, including Rokeya Sarani, Kazipara, Shewrapara, Senpara Parbata, Merul Badda, Gulshan, Bijoy Sarani, Mouchak, Malibagh, Shantinagar, Arambagh, Secretariat, Paltan, Motijheel, Sukrabad, Kolabagan, Gulistan, Manik Mia Avenue and the parts of Old Dhaka, were inundated due to the downpour.

Commuters, especially office goers and students of schools and colleges are facing severe problems in reaching their destinations for lack of transport.

“I am waiting at the bus stand for two hours since 8:30am for getting a bus or CNG-run auto-rickshaw to reach my office at Mothijheel,” said Nilima Haq, a private bank official and also a resident of Mirpur.

The city dwellers were seen stranded for hours in traffic jam. Low-income people, especially day labourers, are suffering much as rains are disrupting their normal pace of life.

Apart from, rickshaw pullers and CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers are charging excessive fare taking the advantage of inclement weather.

Water levels at 34 river stations monitored by Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) have marked rise and 54 stations recorded fall.

Among the 90 monitored water level stations, two river stations have been registered steady while two river stations were registered flowing above danger level, a bulletin issued by the FFWC said here today.

According to the FFWC, the Kobadak at Jhikargacha and the Kangsha at the Jariajanjail are flowing above its danger levels by 45 cm and 30cm respectively.