Waterlogging eases in port city | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, July 10, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:02 AM, July 10, 2019

Waterlogging eases in port city

Rain continues; district admin carries on eviction at hill slopes

With rainwater draining out of the roads, the port city’s waterlogging condition finally improved yesterday. City-dwellers in the most low-lying areas were stuck due to waterlogging after incessant downpour on Monday.

However, the rain had not stopped completely yesterday evening. Mild to moderate downpour has continued in several spells, compelling Chattogram District Administration to continue its eviction campaign among people living in risky hill slopes in the city.

Chattogram Met Office recorded 61.2mm rainfall in 24 hours until 3pm yesterday, said forecasting officer Pradip Kanti Roy.

Around 700 families have been evicted from eight hills of the city in the last four days, said sources at district administration, adding that they took refuge in eight shelters open by the district administration.

“We are still evicting people from the slopes,” said Mahmud Ullah Maruf, revenue deputy collector and coordinator of the campaign.

“Our aim is to have zero casualty if any landslide occurs due to heavy rainfall,” he added.

Meanwhile, many people suffered during their commutes as some roads are still waterlogged, including KB Aman Ali Road in Bakalia, DC Road, Shulak Bahar, Kapasgola and Bahaddarhat.

Moin Uddin, a resident of KB Aman Ali Road, said he could not go to a diagnostic centre for a medical test as the drain in front of his house is blocked.

Contacted, Shafiqul Mannan Siddique, chief conservancy officer of Chattogram City Corporation, said, “We are working in each area step by step. The drains in KB Aman Ali Road will be cleaned today [yesterday].”

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