Record rainfall of the season inundates Barishal

The met office records 52.3 mm of rainfall in the last 12 hours, the highest this season

Published : 13 Sept 2022, 01:58 PM
Updated : 13 Sept 2022, 01:58 PM

Torrential rains for two days triggered by a low pressure over the Bay of Bengal and high tide under the influence of the full moon have inundated low-lying areas of Barishal.

The Met Office recorded 52.3 mm of rainfall in the last 12 hours, the highest this season, senior meteorologist Mahfuzur Rahman said on Tuesday.

“It has been raining in the city since Sunday morning. The Met Office recorded 127.3 mm of rainfall until 1am on Tuesday.”

The rains will continue for the next two or three days, Rahman added.

Parts of Rasulpur Char along the banks of the Kirtankhola River were inundated, said Harun Bhandari, a local and leader of Bangladesh Farmers Federation.

The road stretching from Bottola to Hatem Ali College intersection went under knee-deep water, causing immense suffering to commuters and transport workers, said Hafizur Rahman, a resident of the city’s Karim Kutir area.

Parts of Barishal Sadar, Agarpur, Parara and Bagura roads and a road in front of the city’s Bangladesh Bank office have been inundated due to rains, said Md Jakir Hossian, owner of Medinet Diagnostic Centre on the city’s Sadar Road.

The Kirtankhola River was flowing below the danger level, Bangladesh Water Development Board’s gauge reader Abdur Rahman said.

“Rains are necessary for paddy cultivation. But more rains than this will cause damage. The authorities are monitoring the situation,” said Md Harun-ar-Rashid, deputy director of the Department of Agricultural Extension in Barishal.

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