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Heavy rain, water-logging paralyse life in Ctg city

Lighter vessels remain moored

Published : Tuesday, 9 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 1339

People wade through knee-deep water on a road as heavy rain submerged most parts of Chattogram city on Monday. 	photo: Observer

People wade through knee-deep water on a road as heavy rain submerged most parts of Chattogram city on Monday. photo: Observer

CHATTOGRAM, July 8: The low-lying areas of the port city have gone under water due to heavy shower coupled with tidal water on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Met Office has recorded 187.2 mm of rainfall during the last 24 hours ending at 3:00pm. Besides, the sea water entered the low lying areas of the city due to high tide at noon.
Following the water-logging, civic life in Chattogram has been paralysed.
Almost all the residential areas of Bakalia, Chandgaon, Bahadderhat, Chawk Bazar, Badurtala, Nasirabad, Halishahar, Patenga, Kattali, Reazuddin bazar, Chaktai, Khatunganj, Agrabad and Boxirhat have been affected by the water-logging causing untold sufferings to the residents.
The operational activities of the country's principal seaport have been affected by the heavy rainfall. Lightering of cargo from the mother vessels at the Outer Anchorage remained suspended.  More than 500 lighter vessels remain inoperative and idle for the entire day.
But, loading and unloading activities at the port jetties was normal.  Besides, the businessmen of Chaktai and Khatunganj, the business hubs of the country, have been affected as most of the godowns and shops went under tide water on Monday.
According to Met office most parts of the country are likely to experience light to moderate rain or thunder showers in the next 24 hours till 9:00am tomorrow, a Met forecast said.
"Light to moderate rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at most places over Rangpur, Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Barishal, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions and at a few places over Khulna division with moderately heavy to very heavy falls at some places over the country," said a Met office bulletin issued here Monday morning.
"Monsoon is active over Bangladesh and moderate over North Bay," it added.
The Met office also forecast that the rainfall or thunder shower activity may continue for      next 72 hours. Meanwhile, the Chattogram district administration has started to evacuate the slums dwellers living on the slope of hills in the city to safer palaces fearing landslides amid rains for the last couple of days.
The local administration started urging people through loudspeakers to shift to shelter centres or other safer places.
A total of nine shelters have been opened at Pahartali High School in Akbar Shah area, Firoz Shah-E-Block School in Foy's Lake area, Chattogram Model High School in Polytechnic College, Al-Hera Islamic Madrasa in Tankipara area, Roufbad Ideal High School in Miarpara area, Lalkhan Bazar Govt Primary School in Lalkhan Bazar area and Sayabad School in Pora Colony area were kept ready as shelter centres. Volunteers were seen alerting people using loudspeakers in Lalkhan Bazar and Motijharna areas to avoid possible casualties.

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