Chattogram Bureau: Chattogram city dwellers have faced waterlogging as low-lying areas of the port city have been inundated by continuous rainfall.
According to Assistant Meteorologist SumanSaha of the Patenga Meteorological Office, 36 millimetres of rainfall was recorded in the last 24 hours until Friday afternoon (August 4). The city experienced intermittent rain since midnight on Thursday (August 3), exacerbating the situation and leading to severe waterlogging.
The unrelenting rain caused flooding in numerous locations, disrupting vehicular traffic and affecting the daily lives of residents. The city’s drainage system has proven inadequate to cope with the downpour, resulting in water entering many homes and shops, leaving the citizens to endure considerable hardship.
Some of the worst-affected areas include Chaktai-Khatunganj, BakliaMiyakhan Nagar, Masterpole, Chawkbazar, Sholshahar, Halishahar, Bahaddarhat, Commerce College, Choto Pole, and Boro Pole.
SalamatUllah, a small businessman from Baklia, explained that the canal’s obstruction prevented rainwater from draining away, resulting in the entire area being submerged.
Low-lying areas, including Agrabad, CDA residential area, Shanti Bagh residential, Chandgaon, Riaz Uddin Bazar, have also been heavily affected during high tide, with water levels reaching knee-deep on roads. Haji Yakub, a resident of Bahaddarhat, reported flooding in the area starting from midnight on Thursday, leading to submerged roads and halting vehicular movement. As a consequence, traffic jams have become a common sight on Bahaddarhat main road and flyovers due to water underpasses.
The relentless rain has also caused damage to businesses in Chaktai-Khatunganj, with water entering several establishments, raising concerns among traders about the extent of the losses.
The house of the Chattogram City Corporation mayor at Bahaddarbari also went under knee-deep water. It was seen this morning that water submerged the yard and ground floor of the “Mayor Bhaban”.
The road from Muradpur to Sholoshahar Gate No. 2, a busy street in the city, was flooded with knee-deep water. Several vehicles broke down in the water while pedestrians had to walk through the dirty water.
People in the affected areas blamed the concerned authorities for their suffering saying that the they “failed” to bring about any improvement in waterlogging issue for over a decade.
Assistant Meteorologist SumanSaha warned that the rainfall recorded is due to low pressure, and the city may experience more rain for another day or two, posing a risk of landslides in areas with heavy rainfall. However, he mentioned that the tide would start receding from 2:30 pm onward, offering some respite to the inundated city.
The heavy shower also caused a hill slide in Tiger Pass area, one of the busiest roads in the city, for which the vehicular movement was stopped for around three hours.
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