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A third of Ctg city goes under water after heavy rain

Published : Thursday, 11 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 1118

CHATTOGRAM, July 10: One third of Chattogram city have gone under water due to heavy shower that continued for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday.
All the residential houses in Bakalia, Chandgaon, Bahadderhat, Chawk Bazar, Badurtala, Nasirabad, Halishahar, Patenga, Kattali, and Reazuddin bazar, Chaktai, Khatunganj, Agrabad and Boxirhat areas have been affected by rainwater coupled with water-logging.
Meanwhile, two international and one domestic flight failed to land at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chattogram in the afternoon due to inclement weather.
Two flights from Kolkata-one of Regent Airways and another of US Bangla - landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
The domestic flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines from Dhaka landed at Cox's bazar airport that was scheduled to land at Shaha Amaant Airport.
The Regent Airways flight was scheduled to land at Chattogram airport at 2:00pm and US Bangla flight 2:05 pm.
The Met office asked to lower signal in the Chattogram Port. So, lightering from the vessel at the Outer Anchorage began since Wednesday noon.
Besides, the businessmen of Chaktai and Khatunganj, the business hub of the country have been affected as most of the godowns and shops have been submerged by tidal water on Monday.
The Met Office recorded 140 millimetres rainfall in Chattogram during the last 24 hours ending at 3:00pm on Wednesday. Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at many places over the country in 24 hours as of 9:00am today.
Due to very heavy rainfall, landslide may occur at places over the hilly regions of Chittagong division, said a Met office release.
Meanwhile, three mega projects taken by the government to free the Chattogram people from the curse of water-logging have brought no fruits during the current rainy season.
The authorities could do nothing to carry out of those projects spectacular development and effective
implementation.  The three projects include; ''Canal re-excavation, renovation and expansion to eradicate water logging of Chattogram" worth Tk 5,616 crore; the Water Development Board project of taka 1600 crore; and the Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) project costing of taka 1256 crore.  The government undertook a mega project titled ''Canal re-excavation, renovation and expansion to eradicate water logging of Chattogram" worth Tk 5,616 crore on August 9, 2017 to end the longstanding waterlogging problem in the city. Under the project, the implementing agency will re-excavate 36 canals of Chattogram city, construct drains nearby to remove rainwater, acquire 96 acres of land, and construct 176,000 metres of retain wall, 85.68 km of road, 48 PC bridges and 6 culverts.
The Water Development Board has also taken a taka 1600 crore project to remove water-logging. The project has been approved in the ECNEC meeting held on February 27 last.
Meanwhile, the Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) has been implementing a project costing of taka 1256 crore to free the people from the curse of water-logging. Under the project, a canal will be excavated from Bahadderhat to Bolirhat including the reexcavation and excavation of several new cananls to pave the way for quick discharge of rain water during the rainy season. The Chattogram City Corporation will implement the project scheduled to be completed by June 2020 next. The 2.9 kilometres long and 65 feet wide canal will be excavated under the project with 20 feet wide road on both sides of the canal.

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