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Power outage, water supply disruption, waterlogging maul capitals residents

Published : Tuesday, 28 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 134

The capitals residents experienced heavy rainfall since early Monday morning under the impact of Cyclone Remal resulting in serious waterlogging in several areas.

Frequent power outages, together with disruption of water supply to many households, condominiums and offices affected civic life. Till this report was filed, power supply in many  areas couldn be restored.

Due to the heavy rainfall and waterlogging, most of public transports suspended their operation causing untold sufferings to  home goers after office hours.

Peoples sufferings were compounded by a one-and-a-half-hours suspension of metro train  service in the morning due to power outage.

Later, metro train service was suspend several times.

Though the Quick Response Teams of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) were active in addressing the issue, there was no end to sufferings of residents.

Quick Response Teams used pickups and different equipment in affected areas.

Waterlogging affected Motijheel, Tikatuli, Old Dhaka, Paltan, Kakrail, Shantinagar, Malibagh, Mouchak, Moghbazar, Kamalapur, Mugda, Sabujbagh, Khilgaon, Rampura, Shahbagh, Banglamotor, Tejgaon, Farmgate, Bijoy Sharani, Mohammadpur, Dhanmondi, Science Laboratory, New Market, Shyamoli, Agargaon, Mirpur, Uttara and Gulshan.

Different areas including, Airport to Kakoli, Shewrapara, Kazipara, Agargaon, Badda, Manik Mia Avenue, and Mouchak were also inundated, causing public suffering.

This situation has disrupted life and work for many working people.

Bangladesh Meteorological Department recorded 151 mm rainfall in nine hours till 6:00 pm on Monday.

Countrys highest rainfall of 235mm was recorded in Chattogram.

Except some districts in Rangpur division, heavy rainfall was recorded in almost all the districts across the country.

DNCC has deployed 10 response teams, each assigned to a specific zone under its jurisdiction. Moreover, the teams promptly responded to residents calls on the emergency toll line 16106.

Sohel, the chief of one of the teams working in Mirpur, said that polythene and debris blocking drains on main roads aggravated waterlogging. Many drains overflowed affecting traffic and pedestrian movement on streets, lanes and by-lanes.

Mokbul Hossain, DNCCs public relations officer, said that each response team consists of 11-12 members, but additional personnel are deployed if necessary, DNCCs waste management department is also actively involved in the efforts, with cleaners collaborating with Quick Response Teams.

Under the influence of Cyclone Remal, heavy rains and gusty winds disrupted normal life  across Bangladesh, including the capital city, since Monday morning, causing difficulties for commuters, particularly office goers.

Limited availability of public transport in the capital caused long delays to people in reaching  destinations.

Muhaiminul Haque Siam, who works at a private company arrived office late by one hour. He told Dhaka Tribune that inclement weather  caused disruptions in public transport system  for which higher fares were charged by ride-sharing platforms.

With streets in many areas going under waters, people waded through knee-deep water in some areas including Gabtoli to Mirpur Mazar Road.

School and office-goers struggled to reach their destinations amidst heavy showers and strong winds.

Low-income groups such as day labourers could not go out to work due to the inclement weather.

Though traffic movement was slow, the overall traffic situation in the city remained normal, said Abu Saleh Md Raihan, joint commissioner (traffic north) of DMP.

Commuters faced challenges due to flooded roads and sidewalks.

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