Locals say the city corporation's weak drainage system is causing problems such as waterlogging
Waterlogging has occurred in 33 wards of Rangpur city due to heavy rains, with some areas submerged in knee-deep and even waist-deep water, causing many people to suffer a lot.
In the last 24 hours, at least 12 lakh people of the city have suffered due to 265 mm of rain.
Locals say the weak drainage system is causing problems such as waterlogging, although the city corporation claims the rainwater is not draining out due to a large amount of water trapped around the city.
Omar Ali, a resident of Ghurati Para in the city, said he had not been able to go out of his house since morning. There is no electricity too. As there is water inside the house, cooking is not possible.
Ripa Akhtar, a former reserved woman councillor of ward-18 in the city, blames Rangpur City Corporation for the problem as it is caused due to an inadequate drainage system.
Mahmud Hossain of Guratipara, whose house was waterlogged, said, "This is the first time since the 1988 flood that my house has been flooded. I am in great trouble with my family. None of us can even go out of the house as there is water in the street."
Md Qaderi from Rangpur's Kachari market area said water entered his house and submerged the bed. He has questioned the capacity of the city corporation.
Rangpur Meteorological Office officer-in-charge Mostafizur Rahman said, "265 mm of rain in the last 24 hours has caused waterlogging in Rangpur city. The weather in the city will be cloudy for the next three days, however, there is no chance of heavy rain like that in the last 24 hours."
Rangpur City Corporation mayor Mostafizur Rahman Mostafa claimed that adequate measures had been taken for drainage of water, but "the water of the city could not be drained out as there is a lot of water around the city."
He hoped the water would recede in a short time, and affected people would be relieved.
Rangpur deputy commissioner Asif Ahsan said people from the district administration had visited the affected areas. Relief will be provided for those who have suffered the most, however, the co-operation of the councillors is needed for this.