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Dhaka underwater again

  • Published at 02:38 pm September 11th, 2017
  • Last updated at 04:29 pm September 11th, 2017
Dhaka underwater again
Major roads and office areas in the capital once again became inundated after a morning of heavy rain, causing traffic gridlock across the city and bringing life to a halt. Office goers were seen standing at bus stops for hours on Monday morning. Because of the standing water people were unable to move on foot. The area around Dhanmondi 27 intersection was in waist-deep water by 10am, causing a massive tailback of vehicles on all sides. Golam Rabbi, a bank employee, said he waited for an hour at College Gate for his office pick-up. “Imagine the suffering of those who were trying to take public transport,” he said. The Met Department recorded 66mm rainfall from 6am to 9am. Major areas that went underwater were Mohammadpur, Dhanmondi 27, Karwan Bazar, Sobhanbagh, Panthapath, Greenroad, Fakirapool, Khilgaon, Mauchak, Malibagh, Moghbazar, Motijheel, Paltan, Kazipara and Shantinagar. As the wait grew longer many commuters began wading through the water, polluted with sewage, in order to get to work. In Mirpur, water got into homes in many neighbourhoods and in shops and commercial buildings on several main roads including Darussalam Road and Kalshi Road. A shopkeeper in Kalshi told Bangla Tribune that his shop would have to remain closed the whole day because of the water. The Met Department forecasts warn that heavy (44mm - 88mm) to very heavy (greater than 88mm) rainfall is likely to occur at places over Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions in the next 24 hours.