The active monsoon triggered the rains and that may continue for another two days, says the local Met office

The overnight drizzle which later turned into a heavy downpour in the morning quickly inundated a number of areas in Chittagong city on Wednesday, causing immense suffering to its dwellers.

The waterlogging left commuters wading through ankle-deep to knee-deep water to reach their destinations as private vehicles and public transport became stranded on roads.

The low-lying areas in the port city, particularly Agrabad CDA residential area, Muradpur, Gate No 2, Bibirhat, Bakalia, Chawkbazar, Agrabad, Halishahar, Kapasgola, Chandgaon, and Jamal Khan road went underwater due to the heavy rain causing immense sufferings to the people living in those areas.

Motor vehicles were hardly seen in those areas while a few rickshaws that braved the water charged higher fares.

Commuters, greatly outnumbering the rickshaws, had to suffer through filthy water from overflowing roadside drains to reach their destination.

Filthy water overflowing from roadside drains entered houses, shops, shopping malls, and other business establishments, damaging furniture and goods.

Waterlogging continues to haunt the residents of the port city as its authorities have so far failed to resolve the protracted problem.

Poor drainage and waste management systems added to the sufferings of the city dwellers, with many blaming the city corporation for its failure to address waterlogging.

Abdullah Al Baki, a resident of Gate No 2 area, said: “It took me over an hour to reach the GEC Circle this morning, whereas it usually took 10 minutes. The rickshaw-pullers have also hiked the fares there are fewer buses plying on the roads due to waterlogging.”

Idris Ali, a resident of the Sholoshohor area, said: “Just one hour of rain is enough to drown the city, and that’s because of the authorities’ negligence. I’ve been waiting here for an hour but no vehicle is available to catch.”

Female office-goers are the worst sufferers as they have to wade through knee-deep water to go to their workplaces.

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