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Monday, June 25, 2018

Rainfall disrupts city life in Chattogram

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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 today 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 Chattogram 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. Chattogram 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.

---BSS

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