Dhaka’s broken traffic system came to a complete halt on Wednesday after a third day of rain.
Torrential downpour from early morning clogged the drainage system and flooded many of the arterial roads in the capital. Met Department says from 6am to 1pm, the rainfall in Dhaka and its neighbourhood was 56mm.
Many office-bound citizens said they were left waiting for hours on the road to get transportation, and then sitting in traffic even longer.
A Dhaka Tribune correspondent who travelled from Mirpur to Tikatuli this morning reported that it took her four-and-a-half hours to get there.
In Mirpur, the area around Section 10 roundabout was submerged in knee-deep water during the morning rush hour, the correspondent reported.
The road from Farmgate Khamarbari to Karwanbazar intersection, one of the busiest roads in the city, was also submerged.
In The financial district Motijheel and in Tikatuli to its south, people were walking in knee-deep water.
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In many parts of Dhaka, people went to work or school through waist-deep water Nawaz Farhin/Dhaka Tribune
A Bangladesh Bank officer said he started from home at 8:30am and got to work at 11:15am. His home is about 10km away from Motijheel.
Once at work, he realised he was among the few who had won the fight against the rain and traffic and made it to the office.
“About 20 to 30% people in my department are here right now,” he said.
People on social media posted photos of public suffering and lamented the state of traffic. In one popular Facebook group for Dhaka’s citizens, there were scores of queries about the state of particular areas by people who were planning to get out of home.
Some suggested that offices and schools should have been closed on a day like this.
The Met Department predicts that the rain is likely to subside on Thursday.