Heavy rains cripple normal city life






Heavy rains in the capital and other parts of the country crippled normal life, creating traffic chaos and sowing misery for city dwellers.

The rain, triggered by a depression in the Bay of Bengal caused by Hurricane Jawad, flooded parts of the capital and created a shortage of public transport and made it extremely difficult for city dwellers to travel.

Many streets, alleys and alleys of the capital’s Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, the old quarters of Dhaka, Rampura, Tejgaon, Karwan Bazar, Monipuri Para, Kazipara, Begum Rokeya Sarani, Mohammadpur and Dhanmondi were submerged for several hours.

Office workers suffered greatly from the incessant and heavy rains in many areas, including Mohammadpur Badda, Satmasjid Road, Mirpur Road, Tejturibazar, Mohakhali, Malibagh, Banani, Green Road and Dhanmondi, while many commuters were forced to pay a higher rate.

Some of the office workers were seen waiting for public transport in the rain.

The Met Office recorded 67 mm of rain between 6 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Dhaka.

Light to moderate rain / thunderstorm showers accompanied by temporary wind gusts are expected to continue in most parts of the country, including the capital on Tuesday as well, according to a bulletin from the Met office.

Speaking to the Financial Express, Abdul Mannan, a meteorologist with Bangladesh’s meteorological department, said the rain could continue until Tuesday in most parts of the country.

However, the intensity of the rain could drop on Tuesday, he said.

However, in its forecast for 72 hours on Monday morning, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department said the weather could gradually improve.

Traffic officers became powerless as drivers of buses, cars and other vehicles ran and passed through their vehicles at random without following traffic rules.

The misery of the people has worsened different parts of the city due to the renovation of roads and streets and the construction of different projects including Metro Rail.

Some office workers claimed that rickshaw pullers were charging high fares even for a very short distance, taking advantage of the situation.

Some commuters have been seen to hire automatic rickshaws running on CNG to get to the office at a higher rate.

Sumon, 35, who works at a private company in the city, told Financial Express he had to wait almost an hour to catch a bus in Shyamoli.

It is excruciating to wait an hour for a bus during heavy rains, he added.

Another office worker, Hridoy, said he took a rickshaw to the office after failing to catch a bus.

However, the rickshaw puller charged a higher rate compared to normal situations, he added.

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