Rains continue to batter life: Landslide kills 1 in Cox’s Bazar

Staff correspondent

Incessant rains disrupted the public life and businesses in the capital and south-eastern region of the country including Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar for the third consecutive day on Saturday.
The met office in Dhaka predicted more rainfalls in the next 72 hours commencing from 6:00am on Saturday across the country.
Heavy downpour in Cox’s Bazar caused landslide on early Saturday claiming life of a minor boy, Mohammad Sakil, 4, son of Rezaul Karim of Saikatpara, and injuring his mother.
Rainwater caused severe water logging in most low-lying areas of Dhaka. Traffic movement on some streets in the capital was disrupted for several hours due to water logging causing huge sufferings to the commuters.
Rainwater accompanied by tidal surge also inundated the low-lying areas of coastal areas including Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Bagerhat, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola and Barisal districts.
Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre predicted flooding in Chittagong in the next couple of days due to heavy downpour in the Chittagong region and upper catchment. Its executive engineer Amirul Hossain said that there was a possibility of flooding in Chittagong as water level of different rivers in the region was rising.
‘The water level of Halda river at Hathajari point crossed danger level on Friday evening but it experienced a slight fall on Saturday,’ he added saying that water level of major rivers of the country were also on the rise.
The met office recorded the highest 193 millimetres of rainfall at Teknaf and 191mm rainfall at Kutubdia and Cox’s Bazar headquarters from 6:00am on Friday to 6:00am on Saturday. It recorded moderate to heavy rainfall in other districts of Chittagong division and most of the districts of Dhaka division during the period.
Due to strong monsoon, deep convection is taking place over the North Bay causing squally weather that may affect the North Bay, adjoining coastal areas and maritime ports of Bangladesh, the met office said.
Bangladesh meteorological department advised maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Mongla to hoist local cautionary signal number 3 and asked all fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay to stay close to the coast and proceed with caution until further instruction.
In the capital, Shantinagar, Bailey Road, Rajarbagh, Mouchak, Kakrail, Maghbazar, Malibagh, Rampura, Badda, Jatrabari and other low-lying areas were submerged again on Saturday. People were seen wading through knee-deep water on some streets. Some vehicles were stuck on the roads inundated by rainwater while many vehicles avoided water-logged streets in the city.
4New Age correspondent in Cox’s Bazar reported that at least 200 makeshift houses at a slum inhabited by Rohingyas of Myanmar were damaged by heavy rainfall in Kutupalong area under Ukhiya upazila.
In the early morning, an earth-chunk fell on a thatched house on the slope of a hill at Saikatpara in Cox’s Bazar leaving Momena Begum and her minor boy Sakil injured. Locals recovered them from the rubble and rushed them to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital where Sakil succumbed to his injuries.
New Age office in Chittagong reported that incessant rains accompanied by gusty wind hampered operational activities at Chittagong port on Saturday.
Chittagong port authority secretary Syed Farhad Uddin said that handling of cargos from mother vessels at outer anchorage was suspended on the day due to bad weather and rough sea.

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