A heavy downpour on Saturday disrupted the rail communication in several parts of Bangladesh, including the capital Dhaka, and temporarily halted movement of ships at the country’s largest seaport, officials said.
They said the torrential rain has damaged railway tracks in Tangail district, forcing them to halt movement of trains on the route from Dhaka. Hundreds of passengers in two inter-city trains on either side of the damaged tracks were stranded midway following suspension of the services.
“We are trying to fix the problem in soonest possible time despite the continued rains,” a railway spokesman said.
The incessant rains, that began on Thursday, have hit normal life in parts of Bangladesh including the capital Dhaka.
The movement of ships and freight at the Chittagong Port was also suspended at the due the rains. Most of the freight movement is handled by this deepwater seaport, dominated by trade in containerized manufactured products especially garments, jute and jute goods, leather products, fertilizers and seafood.
“The ship movements at the port channel have been suspended temporarily from 7am due to torrential rain,” said Mohibul Haque, administrative director of the port.
Met office said a “deep convection is continuing over north Bay and adjoining coastal area of Bangladesh” and asked fishermen to avoid sea until further notice.
It warned of possible landslides in Chittagong and three southeastern hill districts.