The overnight drizzle which later turned into a heavy downpour in the morning quickly inundated a number of low-lying areas in Chittagong city on Wednesday, causing immense suffering to its dwellers.
The waterlogging left commuters wading through ankle-deep to knee-deep water to reach their destinations as private vehicles and public transport became stranded on roads.
The ankle to knee-high waters in Agrabad CDA residential area, Muradpur, Gate No 2, Bibirhat, Chandgaon residential area, Bakolia, Chawkbazar, Halishahar and Jamal Khan road have been causing disruption in both vehicular and pedestrian movement since early morning.
Poor drainage and waste management systems added to the sufferings of the city dwellers, with many blaming the city corporation for its failure to address waterlogging.
Abdullah Al Baki, a resident of Gate No 2 area, said: “It took me over an hour to reach the GEC Circle this morning, whereas it usually took 10 minutes. The rickshaw-pullers have also hiked the fares there are fewer buses plying on the roads due to waterlogging.”
The Patenga Met Office recorded 28mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours till 9am on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the city’s Ambagan Met Office recorded 60mm of rainfall during the same time frame.
Sheikh Farid, assistant meteorologist at the Patenga Met Office said, the presence of monsoon winds is causing the rainfall in the city, which is likely to continue in the next 24 hours.”