Townspeople suffer due to waterlogging
Habiganj town sees serious waterlogging due to days-long downpour, which also led to crossing of the Khowai river’s danger mark yesterday.
Habiganj Correspondent : Habiganj is experiencing early flooding this year as the Khowai river, already crossing the danger level, continues to swell.
Meanwhile, rainfall for the last few days triggered waterlogging in different places of the district town from Monday night, pushing public life into disarray.
While it will take a few more weeks for the rainy season to set in, some areas of the district including several roads have gone under water due to overflowing of the river.
The Khowai river has crossed the danger level at Balla border and Machulia points in Habiganj, said ML Saikot, sub-divisional engineer of Water Development Board in Habiganj.
“The danger level at Balla is 21.80 metres and the river is flowing 7 cm above the mark. At Machulia, the danger level is 9.50 metres and the river is flowing 30 cm above it,” he said yesterday noon.
Local met office recorded 19mm rainfall in the district town from 6:00am to 4:00pm yesterday.
Officials of Habiganj municipality admitted that rainwater cannot pass through the drains as those are too narrow and blocked due to indiscriminate dumping of wastes.
Roads in Circuit House, Kalighach, Dakkhin Shaymoli, Chowdhurybazar, Kormokarpotti, Mohonpur, Masterpara and old bus stand areas often go under water even after a moderate rainfall, said Habibur Rahman, a former councillor of Habiganj municipality.
Mizanur Rahman, a resident of Dakkhin Shaymoli in Habiganj town, said the municipality’s sanitation department does not make arrangement for cleaning the drains regularly and dirty wastes also overflow the areas often.
Tofazzal Sohel, General Secretary of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon’s Habiganj unit, said a number of markets including kitchen ones also go under rainwater. People at the markets have to wait for hours as most of the vehicles stop running on the roads due to waterlogging.
Due to the indiscriminate encroachment and siltation of rivers, there is not enough room for flowing of rainwater, which is causing the flood, he said.