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Rain disrupts Eid shopping

Special Correspondent

The mid-July rain, pounding the capital and different parts of the country yesterday, disrupted normal life and marred Eid shopping. Several city streets and markets were flooded, leading to traffic congestion.
The city recorded 62 mm of rainfall from 6:00am-3:00pm and it will continue for at least three days, varying from heavy to patchy, meteorological department sources said. The rain was attributed to an active monsoon over the country, which is normal during the rainy season at its peak, met office sources said.
The met office also issued a heavy to very heavy rainfall warning during the next 24 hours, beginning at 4:00pm yesterday, at some places in Dhaka, Rangpur and Sylhet divisions.
In Chittagong, rain interrupted the third and final ODI between Bangladesh and South Africa for more than two hours. A gusty wind reaching up to 41km per hour at 4:50pm blew over the port city, where the rainfall totalled 24mm.
The rain-fed Surma and Kushiyara river systems in the northeast continued to swell, with waters rolling down the Khasia hills in Meghalaya across the border. One of their distributaries, Jadukata in Sunamganj, ravaged its banks with erosion grabbing homesteads and croplands, reports said.
During the past 24 hours till 6:00pm yesterday, the rainfall totalled 102mm in the city, causing unspeakable inconvenience to the people out on business, particularly shoppers in New Market, Gawsia and Shantinagar, Mouchak and parts of Panthopath and Green Road and certain areas of Mirpur.
The New Market and its adjacent Gawsia and Hawkers Market, known for women’s wear, were flooded because of poor drainage in the area.
Even the streets in front of the five-star hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon were under ankle to knee-deep water.
It also affected the city’s biggest wholesale kitchen market at Karwanbazar, where cars had to negotiate the flooded streets competing with rickshaws that slowed down the traffic towards Gulshan Niketan down to Hatirjheel where gridlocks were created.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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