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Downpour cripple life in city

Downpour cripple life in city

The people across the country, including the dwellers of Dhaka, have witnessed unbearable sufferings due to uninterrupted rains for two days triggered by depression in the Bay of Bengal.

Most of the people were not able to come out of their homes all over the country, especially in the cities, on Saturday (Oct 21) due to the incessant rains.

Most of the educational institutions in the capital were closed and the authorities also cancelled examinations and classes on Saturday. Houses in the low-laying areas were under water in Dhaka, Chittagong and many other cities.

Malibagh, Rajarbagh, Mouchak, Shantibagh, Gulbagh and Mominbagh, Purana Paltan, Dhanmondi 27, Shukrabad, Farmgate, Indira Road, Badda, Rampura, Khilgaon, Shabujbagh, Basabo, Jatrabari, Sangsad Bhaban area, Kazipara and greater Mirpur and Old Dhaka areas were the worst affected areas.

The residents in the capital also suffered from scarcity of public transport. The people on social media posted photos of public sufferings, slamming the poor drainage system in the capital.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) suspended the operation of most water vessels across the country since Saturday morning to evening due to inclement weather.

Long tailbacks and heavy rain have been causing immense sufferings to thousands of people who are waiting to cross the Padma River. Vehicles were seen waiting on Shimulia-Kathalbari after ferry services were halted.

The highest 271 mm rain was recorded in Gopalganj district while 149 mm in the capital during the last 24 hours until 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, according to Bangladesh meteorological department.

Intermittent heavy rains with squally wind may continue until Sunday noon and the situation may improve.

Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal number three due to the depression formed in the Bay.

The land depression is likely to move in a north/northeasterly direction further and weaken gradually.

Light to moderate rain/thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty/squally wind is likely to occur at most places over Rajshahi, Rangpur, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions with moderately heavy to very heavy rain falls at places over the country, Met office said in their forecast.

All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.