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12:00 AM, June 20, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:29 AM, June 20, 2017

MONSOON: BLESSING NO MORE

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Monsoon is considered a blessing in a country such as Bangladesh that is categorised under tropical monsoon climate. But the residents of the cities including Dhaka have started to think otherwise nowadays as the cities have become unfit to disperse water after only an hour of heavy monsoon rain. Destruction, encroachment and clogging up of existing drainage and canal networks, construction of buildings filling up low-lying areas are among a number of reasons behind the collapse of the drainage system in the capital, say experts. 

Water filled trenches below Mayor Hanif Flyover in Jatrabari area where road expansion work has been going on for a long time. Photo: Star
Less than half of the road there is now available for traffic movement. A new drainage system on the same road already clogged up with garbage. Photo: Star
A rickshaw van uses a makeshift bamboo bridge built to cross a trench filled with sewage and rainwater. Photo: Star
Pedestrians use a narrow strip of a building front next to an under construction drain and sidewalk on Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue. The deep drain, filled with rainwater, can cause fatalities any time. All photos were taken between noon and 2:00pm. Photo: Star
Kazi Alauddin Road in Old Dhaka. Photo: Star

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