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Vehicles slog through knee-deep water on the main thoroughfare at Bahadderhat in Chittagong after deluge throughout yesterday swamped much of the port city. Photo: Zobaer Hossain Sikder

Life became paralyzed in Chittagong yesterday as major parts of the port city were submerged in knee-deep water following heavy rains throughout the day. Two walls collapsed at Lalkhan Bazar and Surson Road in the morning due to the downpour, but no one was hurt. Over 202 millimetres of rainfall was recorded in last 24 hours till 3:00pm yesterday. Many houses were flooded by the cloudburst. The traders at the traditional business hubs of Chaktai and Khatunganj suffered huge financial loss as the Chaktai canal, the backbone of the city's drainage system, overflowed and flooded several godowns and shops damaging goods and properties. The traders at the Chawk Bazar and Bohaddarhat kitchen markets experienced a bad day as the markets went under waist-deep water, disrupting business. Torrential rain also hampered the operations at the port to some extent. Almost all the flights to and from Chittagong airport were delayed due to the inclement weather
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