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Cyclone Remal: Dhaka tackles waterlogging as rain continues

  • DNCC formed 10 Quick Response Teams
  • Heavy rain has been affecting Dhaka since morning
Update : 27 May 2024, 03:38 PM

Cyclone Remal has caused rainfall in Dhaka since Monday morning, resulting in waterlogging in several areas. 

The Quick Response Teams of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) is actively engaged in alleviating this issue across the city.

During a visit to some DNCC areas on Monday, it was seen that the Quick Response Teams were addressing waterlogging using pickups and necessary equipment in affected areas.

DNCC has deployed 10 response teams, each assigned to a specific zone under its jurisdiction. Moreover, the teams promptly respond to residents' calls on the emergency service line 16106.

Sohel, the chief of one of the teams working in Mirpur, said that polythene and debris blocking drains on main roads are exacerbating waterlogging, causing overflow onto the streets.

Mokbul Hossain, DNCC's public relations officer, said that each response team consists of 11-12 members, but additional personnel are dispatched if necessary,

DNCC's waste management department is also actively involved in the efforts, with cleaners collaborating with the Quick Response Teams.

Under the influence of Cyclone Remal, heavy rain and gusty winds have been affecting various parts of Bangladesh, including the capital Dhaka, since Monday morning, creating significant difficulties for commuters, particularly office-goers.

The limited availability of public transport in the capital forced many people to endure long waits to reach their destinations.

Muhaiminul Haque Siam, who works at a private organization, reported arriving to work one hour late, telling Dhaka Tribune that the inclement weather had caused disruptions in public transportation services, leading to significantly higher fares on ride-sharing platforms.

People’s struggles were further compounded by a one-and-a-half-hour suspension of metro rail services due to power issues.

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