Thursday, February 22, 2018 | ePaper


Rains may continue this week

Heavy downpour soaks city, disrupts normal life, creates gridlock

  • Print

Heavy traffic chaos was created in front of Sonargaon Hotel and beneath the Moghbazar flyover, causing sufferings to commuters and Eid shoppers on Saturday.

Staff Reporter :
Heavy wind-driven rain soaked capital Dhaka disrupting normal life and bringing road traffic to a near halt on Saturday.
Apart from the capital, heavy rains also lashed across the country, turning many metropolitan cities and towns into virtual cesspools and bringing normal life to a grinding halt.
The downpour, which started Friday midnight continued till Saturday morning.  But after a few hours of respite, it resumed in the afternoon.
The heavy rains also caused overflowing of storm water drains, wrecking havoc in densely-populated localities such as Motijheel, Pallabi, Mirpur-10, Kazipara, Shewrapara, Shantinagar, Mouchak, Malibagh, Moghbazar, Jatrabari, Airport Road, and many other areas of Old Dhaka.
The rainwater entered the city residences and business establishments submerging goods, vehicles and confining residents to their apartments.
It was a nightmare for thousands of commuters who were stuck in traffic jams while trying to reach their respective residences. Roads in these areas were also heavily damaged due to the rain.
While the intensity of rainfall diminished shortly before the evening rush hour, waterlogged areas were expected to take several hours to recede.
Besides, poor drainage system coupled with poor infrastructure development (incoordinated road digging) in the city deteriorated the situation.  
Meanwhile, Dhaka Meteorological Department on Saturday forecast rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to continue at most places over the country with moderately heavy to heavy falls at places this week as monsoon is active over Bangladesh and moderate over North Bay.

"Rain may continue this week and the intensity of rain is likely to increase from June 20 to 25," Ruhul Kuddus, an official at Met Office said.
Day and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country.
The highest rainfall was recorded by 126 millimeters (mm) for the last twenty-four hours at Sitakunda.
Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at most places in Khulna, Barisal, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions and at many places in Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions in 12 hours as of 9:00 am today (Sunday)
Meanwhile, a warning message of Met Office said, rain or thundershowers with temporary south or south-easterly gusty or squally wind with speed 45-60 kilometres per hour (kph) is likely to occur in the regions of Rangpur, Rajshahi, Bogra, Pabna, Tangail, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Faridpur, Madaripur, Jessore, Kushtia, Khulna, Barisal, Patuakhali, Noakhali, Comilla, Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Sylhet wherein river ports have been advised to hoist cautionary signal number one till yesterday evening. 

More News For this Category

Amar Ekushey today

Amar Ekushey today

M M Jasim :The nation will observe the Language Martyrs and the International Mother Language Day today (February 21), commemorating the language heroes of 1952. They will offer a moment

Khaleda files appeal

Khaleda files appeal

Staff Reporter :BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia on Tuesday filed an appeal petition with the High Court (HC) challenging the lower court verdict that sentenced her to five years imprisonment

5 school teachers put on remand over question leakage

Court Correspondent :The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka yesterday placed five persons including two teachers of Cambridge High School of the capital's Uttarkhan on one day-remand each in

Exporters yet to get full benefit

As ban still remains on Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the British authorities move of lifting embargo on direct air cargo flights from Dhaka to London may not help much to Bangladeshi

127 killed in Syria air raids

BEIRUT (Reuters) :Pro-government forces bombarded Syria's eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, killing at least 49 people, after the heaviest one-day death toll there in three years on Monday, a war monitoring

BNP renews demand for dialogue

BNP on Tuesday renewed its call to the government for holding talks with political parties to hold the next general election under a non-party neutral government and resolve the country's

Head bowed, Florida shooting suspect returns to court for hearing

Head bowed, Florida shooting suspect returns to court for hearing

Reuters, FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla :A former student accused of last week's deadly shooting at a Florida high school returned to court for a hearing on Monday in a case that

Woman's body recovered from Buriganga

UNB, Keraniganj :Police recovered the decomposed floating body of a young woman from the Buriganga River in Hasnabad area of the upazila on Tuesday.The identity of the woman, aged about

Existing SSC exam system to be changed Govt high-level meeting took decision

Staff Reporter :The government is going to reform the existing examination system of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations from next year. The government has found no solution, but to change

75 injured in clash with cops:70 arrested: BNP`s demo in districts foiled

75 injured in clash with cops:70 arrested: BNP`s demo in districts foiled

Staff Reporter :At least 75 people were reportedly injured in police actions against the processions brought out by the BNP in Faridpur, Habiganj and few other districts on Tuesday demaning