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Dhaka, October 21: A heavy rainfall submerged parts of Dhaka in knee-deep water, causing immense sufferings to the city dwellers.

Commuters, especially office-goers and students, face difficulties in reaching their destinations as rain slowed down traffic on many roads in the morning. Some were seen wading through knee-deep water while some others took rickshaws to reach their destinations and many were seen waiting for hours for vehicles.

Low-income people, especially the day labourers, suffered much as rain disrupted their normal pace of life.

The Met Office said the rain may continue till Saturday and the weather is likely to improve on Sunday.

Moderate to heavy rainfall, triggered by land depression in the Bay, has been continuing throughout the country.

Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal no three due to a land depression formed in the Bay.

The depression over Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining Odisha and

Southwestern part of Bangladesh moved north-northeastwards and was centred at 9am on Saturday over west Bengal-western part of Bangladesh, said a special bulleting of Met office.

It is likely to move in a north/ northeasterly direction further and weaken gradually. Under its influence steep pressure gradient persists and deep convection is continuing over North Bay.

Under the influence of the land depression the low-lying areas of the coastal

Districts of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Bhola, Barisal, Patuakhali, Jhalokathi, Pirozpur, Borguna, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by wind driven surge of 1-2 feet height above normal astronomical tide.

All fishing boat and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.