The Bangladesh Meteorological Department has said that heavy monsoon rain may persist for two more days across the country, leading to even more suffering for citizens of Dhaka.
The capital experienced 25mm of rainfall between Monday and Tuesday afternoon, with the torrential rain causing acute traffic congestion as drainage systems struggled to deal with the inflow of water.
Roads, lanes and by-lanes in Dhaka were flooded due to the heavy downpours that started around 9am on Tuesday morning and continued till 2.30pm, triggering acute traffic congestion on most major thoroughfares in the city.
Mirpur, Mohammadpur, Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Hatirjheel, Panthapath, Dhanmondi, Shahbagh, Paltan, Motijheel, Kakrail, Rampura, Gulshan and Banani all experienced severe traffic.
A number of commuters complained that they had to remain stranded on roads for hours due to the gridlock caused by the downpour.
Adil Sakhawat, a newspaper journalist, said: “It took around two hours to reach Dhanmondi 32 from the Dhaka University area, because of the immense pressure of motor vehicles on the road.”
Airport road, Mirpur road, Satrasta road and the intersection in front of the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel are just some of the areas that were seen to be completely packed with unmoving traffic, as water logging limited available options.
In addition to many roads being waterlogged due to the rain, extra charges demanded by rickshaw pullers and CNG drivers on account of the inclement weather intensified commuters’ woes.
When contacted, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Joint Commissioner (traffic-south) Mofiz Uddin Ahmed told the Dhaka Tribune: “The city experienced heavy rainfall from the morning, which caused severe traffic congestion on the city roads, while rainwater has submerged a number of thoroughfares in different points of the capital.”
“The vehicles cannot move easily if it rains heavy in the city, resulting in increased public suffering,” he said.
The joint commissioner added that they had already instructed traffic police to take necessary measures to reduce the hassle and suffering of city dwellers as much as possible.
Abul Kalam Mollik, a meteorologist at the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, said: “The department, from Monday till Tuesday, recorded the highest rainfall of 158 mm in Hatia upazila, in the southern region of the country, while there was light to moderate rain accompanied by temporary gusts of wind in most places across the country.”
“The situation may stay unchanged for two more days due to the active monsoon wind over the country, resulting in moderate to heavy rain while the intensity of rain is expected to decrease from Friday,” he added.