Publish: 04 Aug 2023, 05:39 pm
There has been uninterrupted rain since Thursday at midnight, which has significantly flooded and flooded several areas of Chittagong city. Many parts of the city were significantly under water as a result of the rain continuing till Friday am, which made the situation worse.
The mayor of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC), Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, also experienced flooding at his Bahaddarhat residence. Knee-deep water levels presently cover the road in front of the mayor's mansion.
The flooding of several houses and businesses in various parts of the city has tremendously disturbed the inhabitants.
Areas such as Chaktai-Khatunganj have been hit hard, with water entering several warehouses. Other locations affected by waterlogging include Bakalia Mia Khan Nagar, Masterpole, Chawk Bazar, Sholoshahar, Halishahar, Commerce College, Small Pole, and Big Pole.
The previous four days have seen sporadic and occasionally severe rains in Chittagong. On Friday morning, the fourth day of nonstop rain since August 1, the city saw significant flooding.
The water level has risen from knee to waist level in several places, causing traffic jams and transportation delays throughout the city.
Residents of the Bahaddarhat region have been experiencing waterlogging since Thursday night, according to Abdul Mannan, a local. Water entered even the CCC mayor's home in the Bahaddarhat neighborhood, with waist-deep water in front of the building.
Long traffic backups have been caused by the submergence of roads that begin at the Bahaddahat Water Development Board Road.
Abul Kasem, president of a local trader’s association, mentioned that several business establishments in Chaktai-Khatunganj were affected by the rain-induced flooding, but the extent of the damage is yet to be determined.
According to Assistant Meteorologist Ujjwal Kanti Nath from Chittagong Meteorological Office, 33mm of rainfall was recorded in the previous 24 hours till 9am on Friday. The highest rainfall occurred between 7am-8am.
Additionally, the tide combined with the rainwater is contributing to the flooding in the city. The next tide is expected to begin at 2:30pm, after which the water level in the city is expected to decrease.
The continuous rainfall is attributed to low pressure, and there is a possibility of more rain for the next one or two days. The weather authorities have issued a landslide warning for areas expected to receive heavy rainfall.
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