Heavy rain cripples life in Khulna
KHULNA, July 13: Incessant rainfall starting from Friday afternoon waterlogged nearly two-thirds of the city, paralysing city life and causing immense sufferings to its dwellers for about five hours.
According to local met office, 59 millimetres of rainfall was recorded in the city from 2:30pm to 5pm on Friday.
Regional Director of Khulna Met Office Ameerul Azad said, this is the first heavy rain in this season.
Many areas of the city's KDA Avenue, Khanjahan Ali Road, Lower Jessore Road, Rupsha Strand Road, Sher-e-Bagla Road, Iqbalnagar, Tutpara and many low lying areas went under knee-deep water and vehicular movement in these areas suffered severely.
While visiting the areas at 5:30pm, this correspondent found that rainwater flooded kitchen markets, slums and ground floors of most buildings and markets. Many human haulers and battery-run easy bikes were found stranded on waterlogged roads while office-goers were seen struggling to find transport.
Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque said a project was taken up by KCC to excavate the city's 22 canals in 2010-11 fiscal year, and Tk 10 crore was spent in this connection.
KCC cannot continue regular cleaning and excavation of canals, he said. He pointed out that some people constructed structures and grabbed some portion of land of most of the canals defying the concerned rules.
The issue of water-logging cannot be mitigated without coordination among Khulna Water Supply and Sewerage Authority, Khulna Development Authority, Khulna Metropolitan Police, citizen organisations, city dwellers and KCC, he said.