Fog disrupts flights, ferry services
Dense fog disrupted road and river communications across the country and caused the suspension of flight operations at Zia International Airport (ZIA) for hours yesterday.
Ferry services between Paturia and Daulatdia, Paturia and Kazirhat and Mawa and Kawrakandi were disrupted for around 12 hours that left hundreds of vehicles and thousands of passengers stranded on highways.
Ferry movement on Paturia-Daulatdia and Paturia-Kazirhat routes was suspended at about 10:30pm yesterday because of dense fog.
The Met office said this inclement weather might continue for another two days and the mercury may fall after the fog is gone.
A British Airways flight scheduled to arrive at ZIA at 1:50am landed at 10 in the morning as it was diverted to Kolkata due to dense fog in Dhaka. A flight of Yemen Airways also endured similar difficulties.
The inclement weather put farmers in the northern region in an awkward situation with their growing potatoes and boro seedbeds, BSS reports from Rajshahi.
Our correspondent in Manikganj reports: Ferry services between Paturia and Daulatdia and Paturia and Kazirhat were disrupted for around 12 hours from 11:30pm Friday, for the third consecutive day, due to dense fog.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) sources said the Shah Mokhdum ferry loaded with vehicles was forced to anchor in mid river due to poor visibility.
Around 500 vehicles at Paturia ghat and 300 more at Daulatdia ghat were stranded causing suffering to passengers, sources said.
Ferry services between Mawa and Kawrakandi remained suspended from 10:00pm Friday to 10:30am yesterday, UNB reports from Munshiganj.
BIWTC sources said five ferries with 60 vehicles and over 2,000 passengers were stranded in mid river. Around 4,000 vehicles are now waiting at Mawa and Kawrakandi ends waiting to cross the river.
Our correspondent in Barisal reports: Thousands of launch passengers were stranded in mid river as many launches were forced to drop their anchor due to poor visibility. River communication was disrupted for six to eight hours in the southern region.