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Rainfall disrupts city life badly in Chattogram

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Water- logging section has tuned worse at Mirsharai Upazila on Tuesday.

BSS, Chottagram :
Rainfall has caused unprecedented inundation in the port city, causing immense suffering to the citizens and disrupting normal city life along with vehicular movement.
According to the Patenga Met Office, 98.8 mm rainfall was recorded during the last 24 hours, till 3 pm ton Tuesday and a total of 372 mm rainfall was recorded in the last three-days.
The heavy downpour for the last three consecutive days collapsed the civic life causing immense sufferings to the people of Chittagong as two-thirds of the city went under knee-deep to waist-deep water.
The port city's rivers, canals and drains were full to the brim because of floodwater caused by the torrential rainfall.
The torrential downpour forced Chittagong Port to suspend loading and unloading activities at the outer anchorage of the port.
Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport sources said some flights could not land in the airport while some others were delayed to fly because of heavy downpours.
The heavy downpour which began Saturday night and continued till filling this report caused massive water-logging.
The water also inundated many residential houses and business firms in the low-lying areas. One of the largest business hubs in the country, Khatunganj-Chaktai, was severely affected by the rain and tidal waters as more than 5,000 business establishments in the area were submerged and daily essential commodities inside the warehouses were damaged.
Heavy rainfall created water logging in many areas including Lalkhan Bazar, Bahaddarhat, Muradpur, Chandgaon, Shulakbahar, Bakalia, Patharghata, Asadganj, Korbaniganj, Chaktai, Nasirabad, Patantuli, Madarbari, Agrbad, Halishahar causing immense sufferings to the people living in those localities.
Transport problems triggered by the heavy rainfall caused untold sufferings to the commuters.
Rickshaw-pullers and three-wheelers were seen demanding excessive fare from the commuters taking advantages of bad weather and thin traffic.
Meanwhile, congestion of vehicles in some important city streets including Muradpur, Bahaddarhat, Agrabad, Halishahar and Sholoshahar was seen as the heavy onrush of rainwater in those streets forced large number of mechanized and non-mechanized vehicles to remain stationery, increasing suffering of the commuters' manifold.    
Incessant rain causes flood in 3 upazilas:  Three upazilas in the district were inundated due to incessant rainfall for last three days till Wednesday morning causing several thousand people marooned.
Severe flooding has been reported in Hathazari, Raozan and Fatikchhari upazilas of the district that caused untold sufferings to the people.
In Hathazari, regional roads, fish enclosures, houses and business establishments were submerged by the rain water. Besides, embankments of Halda River in different points were collapsed, increasing the woes of the people. The Hathazari-Rangamati, Hathazari-Khagrachhari and Hathazari-Oxygen highways were inundated causing immense sufferings to the commuters.
Hathazari Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Akterunnesa Sheuli said the local administration has taken all out preparation to tackle any kind of natural disaster.
The inhabitants of low-lying areas have been asked to take shelter in local educational institutions, she said.
In Raozan, heavy rains flooded many low-lying areas in the upazila, causing untold sufferings to the people.
Nearly one lakh people in six unions--Haldia, Dabua, Chikdair, Ghahira, Noajishpur, Purba Gujra and Raozan-- have been trapped following the rain water.
People were seen wading through the knee-deep water on Chattogram-Rangamati road on Tuesday. Besides, traffic remained suspended on the road due to the flood.
Shamim Hossain, UNO of Raozan upazila, said onrush of hill water and persistent rains for the last three days have inundated at least six unions of the upazila. A total of 24 shelter centres have been opened as well as a control room will be in operation for 24 hours, he added.
Besides, leave of all the employees and staffs of the local administration were cancelled and all of them were asked to remain in their work place round the clock, the UNO added.
In Fatikchhari upazila, persistent rains for the last three days led to severe flooding in 12 unions of the upazila.
The Aman seedbeds were damaged while fish of different ponds were washed way.
Meanwhile, Taiab, 28, a resident of Purba Farhadabad reportedly went missing in the flood water around 4:30 pm on Tuesday.
Khurshid Alam, Gauge Station officer of Water Development Board in Narayanhat, said the water of Halda River has been flowing 5.90 centimeter above the water level till 6 pm on Tuesday.
Some fifty villages in the upazila including Dharmapur, Committee Bazar, Bakhatpur, Shamitir Haat, Nischintapur, Azadi Bazar, West Dharmapur, Lelang, Gopal Ghata, Kanchan Nagar, Manikpur, Telparoi, Manik gola, Paschim Bakhatpur, Okhara, Rosanggiri, Paschim Nanupur, Maizbhandar, Azimnagar, Suabil, Sundarpur, Purba Harualchhari, Paidong, Bherajali, Shetkua, Doulatpur, Kumbar Par, Dhurong, Rangamatia were inundated by the flood water, rendering three lakh people marooned.
Persistent rain trigger flood in Khagrachhari: Incessant rainfall over the last three days led to severe flooding causing many areas were marooned causing acute suffering to the people.
In most places transportation remained suspended and many landslides on the hill faces destroyed many houses in different areas.
More than 500 families remain trapped in the waterlogged areas while another 500 families took shelter in different shelter houses. Non-stop rain marooned parts of Muslimpara, Ganjapara, Santinagar, Bangalchhari, Golabari, Kamalchhari and many places of Sadar upazila and its adjacent areas.
Meanwhile, in Merong union 500 families of five villages remain trapped in an area cut off by flood water where educational institutes had to shut down.
Rain-fed rivers in the region burst their banks swamping the low-lying areas where transportation between Khagrachhari- Rangamati and Dighinala-Longadu were suspended due to flood.
Deputy Commissioner of the district Md Rashedul Islam said if the rain continues for another few days it may cause huge landslides in the district.

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