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Dhaka Tribune

Monsoon rains ruin Eid festivities of Dhaka dwellers

The sparse vehicle movement owing to Eid holidays, coupled with the rain, further amplified the discomfort of city residents

Update : 30 Jun 2023, 08:16 PM

In the wake of Eid-ul-Azha celebrations, the streets of Dhaka, despite being unusually quiet, witnessed a modest influx of people visiting the city's recreational places.

However, heavy rainfall that began Friday afternoon has plunged the capital's residents into hardship, ruining their Eid festivities. 

Many who ventured out were forced to return home due to the downpour. 

The sparse vehicle movement owing to Eid holidays, coupled with the rain, further amplified the discomfort of city dwellers.

On Friday afternoon, scenes of distress were visible across Mirpur, Badda, Hatirjheel, Moghbazar, Dhanmondi, and Lalbagh areas of the capital. 

In Moghbazar, pedestrians were seen seeking shelter under flyovers and various building sheds as the rain began abruptly.

However, waterlogging on the streets soon denied them any refuge, compelling many to return home, thoroughly drenched. The absence of sufficient rickshaws and other vehicles on the roads added to their woes.

In Lalbagh, many people who had come to tour the Lalbagh Fort were caught unawares by the rain.

While those who brought umbrellas managed some protection, others were left to endure the downpour without any cover. Waterlogging in the nearby streets and even inside the fort added to their troubles.

Harunur Rashid, who had come to Lalbagh Fort with his family, said they came to the fort in the evening for a bit of sightseeing. 

“But the rain has spoiled everything. We have to rush home quickly as the kids are soaked, and we are worried they might catch a fever,” he added. 

Imam Hasan, a student of Dhaka University who had come to the Hatirjheel area for a stroll, said: "I came here because the weather seemed nice, but after the rain started, there was no shelter available, and I had to walk around soaking wet."

Rain has been observed in the capital since Eid day on Thursday and the two days before it.

The Bangladesh Meteorological Department has forecast that it may rain across the country, including Dhaka, in the next 24 hours.

According to the department's forecast for the next 24 hours, light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind may occur at most places in the Rangpur, Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka and Sylhet divisions and many places in Khulna, Barisal and Chittagong divisions. 

In addition, moderately heavy to heavy rainfall may occur at isolated places across the country.

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