The capital witnessed the season’s first rain with hailstorm and gusty winds Wednesday, which paralysed the city’s normal life late afternoon.
Met Office said they recorded 31mm rainfall between 5:00 pm and 6:15 pm in the capital. Heavy shower were also recorded at the country’s different districts including Gazipur, Tangail, Mymensingh, Jamalpur and Narayanganj.
The gusty wind along with rainfall caused sufferings to many, especially the homebound commuters. They were seen standing under shades until late evening due to the rain while many others faced acute traffic congestion at various spots during the moderate shower.
A large number of cars, CNG-run auto-rickshaws, minibuses and other motorised vehicles were seen abandoned on the city roads.
Passengers alleged that rickshaw pullers and CNG drivers have been charging almost double from them capitalising the gloomy weather.
Most of the city was forced into darkness as electricity distribution system collapsed in many parts of the mega city of 14 million people causing immense sufferings for the SSC (Secondary School Certificate) examinees.
Control room of DPDC (Dhaka Power Distribution Company) said power supply at Dhanmondi and Hazaribagh areas was seriously disrupted as Olan power sub station collapsed for the gusty winds. “But the power grid is now back in action,” a DPDC official said.
Commercial activities were also partially hampered as most of the shops and business establishments have been shut down due to the late afternoon downpour.