Thursday March 22, 2018 01:53 PM

Several hours of rain submerge port city

Several hours of rain submerge port city
Floodwaters in Chittagong caused by heavy rains and a tidal surge on Friday have severely hampered pedestrian and vehicular movement. Rabin Chowdhury

The heavy precipitation may also trigger landslides in some parts of the city, a MET official said.

Several hours of torrential rain and a tidal surge on Friday submerged many areas of the port city in knee-deep to waist-deep water, causing distress to residents.

In 24 hours till 3pm on the day, 79.4 mm of rainfall was recorded, said Mahmudul Alam, an official of the Chittagong Patenga Met Office.

“The port city may experience heavy downpour over the next two days. The heavy precipitation may also trigger landslides in some parts of the city,” the MET official said.

Many areas including 2 No Gate, Agrabad, Prabartak Circle, Chawkbazar, Muradpur, Shulakbahar, Bahadderhat, Pahartali, Kalamia Bazar, Kalurghat, Chandgaon and Bakalia have gone underwater.

The areas have become waterlogged due to the poorly managed drainage system.

Mechanised vehicles have come to a standstill in underwater areas, with engines becoming submerged.

The stagnant water has even entered many residential homes and businesses, leaving the people marooned.

Water-logging takes toll on Ctg businesses

Businesses have been badly affected as trade in Chaktai and Khatunganj wholesale markets have been hampered.

Solaiman Badshah, a member of the Chaktai-Khatunganj Warehouse Owners and General Merchants Association, told the Dhaka Tribune that the persistent water-logging caused by the downpours and tidal water has become a grave concern for Chittagong wholesalers.

He said businesses incur huge losses every year due to this problem.

“On behalf of our organisation, we submitted memoranda to different government offices, including Chittagong City Corporation, to save the business hub from the constant water-logging problem,” he added.

Syed Sagir Ahmed, general secretary of Khatunganj Trade and Industries Association, said: “Every year we suffer huge losses because of water-logging. We want to get rid of this chronic problem.”


Social sites explode over water-logging

Residents of the port city are holding the negligence of the Chittagong City Corporation responsible for their suffering.

Zia Uddin posted the following comment on his Facebook account: “An open swimming pool for the city residents is a gift from the incumbent city mayor. Let’s swim.”

“Swimming pools are everywhere in the port city. Then what is the necessity of constructing another swimming pool?” posted Salauddin Parvez.

Journalist Nur Md Rana posted a photo of people wading through knee-deep water on a social media site, and asked in his post how much suffering city residents have to go through.

“The port city streets have turned to canals in just several hours of rain,” posted Azizul Haque Islamabadi, central organising secretary of Hefazat-e-Islam in his Facebook account.

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