Incessant rains soak Dhaka; commuters continue to suffer

UNB, Dhaka :

Incessant rains for the last two days, triggered by depression over the Bay of Bengal, threw life out of gear and caused suffering to the city dwellers on Monday.
The rains started falling on Sunday morning and there was no break seen till Monday afternoon.
The residents of the national capital, especially officer-goers and HSC examinees, suffered a lot as 67 mm of rainfall recorded by the Met office in nine hours caused traffic chaos in some parts of the city.
“The Met office has recorded 44 mm of rainfall in 24 hours till 6 am on Monday in the capital while it recorded 67 mm of rainfall from 6 am to 3 pm today,” metrologist Hafizur Rahman told UNB. “The rainfall may reduce by tomorrow,” he said.
The low-income people, including day-labourers, were seen passing idle time for lack of work. Many were forced to stay indoors due to the light to medium rains throughout the day.
The number of motorized vehicles was relatively less than the other working days as most people preferred to stay home.
Mohammad Ashraf, manager (Transport) of Alif Paribahan, said, “One-third vehicles of the company are operating today due to the inclement weather. The number of passengers is also thin.”
Meanwhile, auto-rickshaw drivers and rickshaw-pullers are charging extra fares from passengers taking advantage of the weather.
However, there is no report of water logging in the city till the filing of this report around 3:30 pm.