A thunderstorm involving over an hour of rain caused waterlogging and traffic congestion on many roads in Dhaka on Sunday morning, disrupting communication services and affecting the lives of city dwellers.
The Bangladesh Meteorological Department recorded 50mm of rainfall until 9:30am, the highest measured so far this month. The wind velocity was 73km/hr.
Various roads at Mirpur sections 10, 13, and 14, Kazipara, Shewrapara, Ibrahimpur, Azimpur, Kalabagan, Matuail, Jatrabari, Jurain, Demra, Shanir Akhra, Dania, Shyampur, Motijheel, Rampura, Dhanmondi, Karwan Bazar, and Sher-e-Bangla Nagar were waterlogged due to the rain.
Waterlogging also caused traffic congestion at Nabisco intersection.
Vehicular movement on the Azimpur-Palashi road, Tejgaon-Mohakhali, and Mirpur 10 – Agargaon remained stalled for around an hour as the roads were submerged.
Dirty water mixed with waste materials from drains and canals and flooded many roads and lanes in the Farmgate, Raza Bazar, Rayerbazar, and Tannery Mor areas.
“Garbage and trash floated on the roads as the drains overflowed. Even though the water flowed off gradually after some time, garbage remained on the roads, spreading malodour and causing inconvenience to pedestrians,” Abu Tayeb, a resident in Rayerbazar area, told the Dhaka Tribune.
Some of the houses in low-lying areas were also flooded by the rain, adding to the residents’ woes.
Rabeya Begum of Rasulpur in Dania said they used bowls to remove water from their house. “There was knee-deep water at our house. The water came from a nearby drain that always remains clogged with massive amounts of waste.”
Rabeya added that they were considering shifting away from the area because of the persistent waterlogging problems.
Waterlogging is a common problem at Paterbagh, Nayapara, Daspara, Sarliya, and Chhantek as the authorities have yet to complete drainage and repair work on several in the localities.
Construction materials kept indiscriminately on the roads also contribute to waterlogging there, she added.
The stormy weather is likely to continue for the next few days, according to the Met Office.
Rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind and lightning will likely occur at some places in Rangpur, Rajshahi, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Khulna and Sylhet divisions, and at many places in Barisal and Chittagong divisions.
There might be hailstorms at certain places in the country.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority has suspended the movement of all types of vessel from the Sadarghat launch terminal on Sunday.