Monsoon rain should not bring sufferings to people | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, July 17, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 17, 2019

Monsoon rain should not bring sufferings to people

The torrential monsoon rains, as usual, have led to massive flooding across the country—leaving thousands marooned and displaced. As the houses built on lowland areas got flooded with contaminated water, people living there have been suffering from many water-borne diseases. Even the city life comes to a standstill every time there is a downpour. Due to the poor drainage systems, the major lanes of Dhaka get submerged in knee-to-waist-deep water, making it difficult for the people to commute. The heavy rainfall also leads to chaotic traffic which disrupts all kinds of activities within the capital. The situation has aggravated this time due to multiple ongoing road renovations, with the rickshaw pullers demanding sky-rocketing fares.

Better sewerage systems would have helped with reducing the waterlogging, thereby alleviating the pain of several hours of commuting. City dwellers have, time and again, demanded the drainage system to be fortified, but to no avail. The authorities need to take this seriously to help lessen the sufferings of the people.

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