Fani causes rainfall in Dhaka


Capital Dhaka since Friday morning has been experiencing heavy to medium intermittent rainfall due to the influence of Fani, a severe cyclonic storm that made landfall impact around 8.00 am on Friday on coastal area of Puri in Indian state of Odisha. Though the rain brought relief to the city people after 20 days of mild heat wave that blistered across the country and made life miserable, they are apprehended that heavy downpour during Friday night might trigger power cut.

As heavy storm clouds darkened the sky above the capital Dhaka in the morning, noon and afternoon on Friday, people preferred to stay inside their respective residences. However, many people especially the young came out of the streets to watch the impact of cyclonic storm in the city. The rainfall in the capital, accompanied by temporary gusty wind, inundating several areas of the capital.

After April 13, the capital city experienced no rain or nor’westerwhilethe people suffered heavily due to extreme hot weather. The rain at the weekend offered a sigh of relief to the capital’s dwellers though the cyclonic storm raised a menace among them. According to meteorological office, the downpour will continue today as an effect of Fani.

On Friday, Samsuddin, director of Bangladesh Meteorological Department told that the Fani would lose its strength, as it would cross Bangladesh after hitting India’s North Western districts. He, however, said the impact of this cyclonic storm would remain today across the country. Fani, after being a cyclonic storm hit the India’s Odisha state on Thursdaythrough its impact in Bangladesh became prominentsince Friday.

Meanwhile, national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines on Friday cancelled Dhaka-Jashore domestic flights due to approach of severe cyclonic storm Fani. Shakil Meraj, general manager of public relations at Biman, confirmed media about the cancellation of Dhaka-Jashore flight BG 476 and Jashore-Dhaka flight BG 468. Apart from that, Friday's Dhaka-Kolkata flight BG 095 has been delayed until 8:30am today.