Dhaka, Bangladesh
City reels under rainwater

City reels under rainwater

Commuters' woes mount

News Report Incessant rains triggered by active monsoon inundated many parts of the city on Monday, disrupting normal life and creating traffic chaos. Roads in many areas, including Mirpur-10, Kazipara, Rokeya Sarani, Bijoysharani, Malibagh and Shantinagar, went under water for poor drainage system. Vehicular movement slowed down amid huge rush of people who thronged different shopping malls for Eid shopping. People got trapped in traffic snarl-ups for hours. Major city thoroughfares, including Mirpur, Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Hatirjheel, Panthapath, Shahbagh, Paltan, Motijheel, Gulshan and Baridhara, Dhanmondi, Banani, Kakrail, Rampura saw serious traffic snarls. Uncontrolled occupation of footpaths on different major roads by hawkers and street vendors, makeshift outlets of different hotels and small traders on the footpaths and streets are contributing to the city's worsening traffic situation. Huge traffic gridlocks were seen in front of Bashundhara City Shopping Mall, Eastern Plaza, Elephant Road, Bangabazar, New Market, Gausia, Ramna Bhaban, Rapa Plaza, Shimanto Square, Mouchak Market, Jamuna Future Park areas with the rush of shoppers. Commuters, office-goers and students of schools and colleges and eid shoppers, faced severe difficulties in reaching their destinations for lack of transport and traffic jam. Many roads got waterlogged due to the rain while rickshaw pullers and CNG drivers were seen demanding extra fares from passengers during the rain intensifying their woes. Met office recorded 44 mm of rainfall from 6am to 12 noon, Arif Hossain, a meteorologist at the Bangladesh Meteorology Department, said adding that rain may occur on Tuesday, too. Meanwhile, a Met office bulletin said heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at places of Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Chittagong divisions in the next 24 hours commencing from 9am today due to the active monsoon. Landslide may also occur at places of the hilly regions of Sylhet and Chittagong divisions during the period, it said.

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