Tidal water inundates port city again
With tidal water going up to the highest level this year yesterday, Chittagong city's low-lying areas continued to be waterlogged despite a low rainfall on the day.
According to Chittagong Met Office, tidal water reached 5.27 metre high yesterday which was the highest so far this year.
The height was 5.24 metre on Monday, said forecasting officer Mazharul Islam, adding, it usually remains below five metres; it even hovers around four metres during dry season.
The city dwellers have been suffering since Sunday as torrential rain coupled with tidal water caused waterlogging in the low-lying areas including Chawkbazar, Agrabad, Halishahar, Bakalia, Chandgaon, Bahaddarhat, Kapasgola, Badurtola, Shulakbahar, Bibirhat, Sholashahar, Dewan Bazar, Cement Crossing, Gosaildanga and Oxygen.
When people started removing water from houses and structures as water started receding in the afternoon, soon they found the roads waterlogged again due to high tide.
Ratna Halder, a resident of Rahattar Pool area, had been staying in her father's house on Jamal Khan Road since Monday to avert such a situation.
She came back yesterday and started removing water from her house. But her efforts went in vain as the roads outside the house got inundated.
“What will I do now…? Water will enter my house once again…,” she said, adding, “Is there no remedy from waterlogging?”
Mohammad Asad, a shopkeeper on KB Aman Ali Road, said he removed water from his shop four times since Sunday. “I thought, I would be relieved today as there's not much rain but water started overflowing the drains since 1:00pm and entered my shop,” he said.
The Met Office recorded 72 mm rainfall in 24 hours till 3:00pm yesterday from Monday.
Dr Edris Alam, an associate professor of Department of Geography at Chittagong University, said tidal water reached the highest level naturally yesterday.
The level usually goes up during the full moon or the dark moon, he said, adding, “The high tide of last two days was influenced by the dark moon.”