Vol. 5 Num 694 Sat. May 13, 2006  
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Rains swamp city areas

The capital and different parts of the country yesterday experienced downpour that disrupted normal life, economic activities and road communications in many areas.

A number of areas in the capital went under ankle-to-knee deep water resulting in sufferings to people. Traffic movement was greatly affected due to submersion of many roads.

Rainwater inundated Bangladesh Secretariat compound, the VIP Road in front of the Prime Minister's Office and many other major roads including Manik Mia Avenue, Bijoy Sarani, Dar-us-Salam Road, Airport Road, Mirpur Road, Outer Circular Road and Bijoynagar road.

Due to heavy rain, a Dhaka-Kolkata flight was delayed for around two hours while a flight from Kolkata landed at Zia International Airport (ZIA) four hours behind schedule. Domestic flights however operated as scheduled, ZIA sources said.

The downpour also hampered normal functioning of Dhaka Medical College morgue with its floor going under ankle-deep water. Autopsies of only two bodies out of six were conducted, a morgue staff said.

Meteorological office recorded 39 mm rainfall in the capital in 16 hours till 4:00am yesterday.

Met office sources said the highest 120 mm rainfall was recorded in Comilla.

Heavy rain across the country is likely also today, and the situation would start improving tomorrow, they forecast.

The city areas that went under water included Azimpur, Uttara, Mirpur, Shantinagar, Khilgaon, Malibagh and many parts in Old Dhaka.

Traffic was thin on the streets from the morning and the markets and shopping malls looked almost deserted.

A small number of rickshaws and three-wheelers braved the inundated roads only to charge twice the usual fare.

The rainfall recorded in Sandwip was 116 mm, Jessore-110 mm, Bhola- 98 mm, Khepupara in Patuakhali- 85 mm, Barisal- 70 mm, Feni- 69mm, Chandpur-61mm and Hatia-53-mm.

A rickshaw with passengers wades through knee-deep water on a Nayatola road in the city's Maghbazar area after yesterday's heavy shower. PHOTO: STAR