| GEO World|
| Heavy rains flood Bangladesh's capital|
| Updated at: 1138 PST, Tuesday, July 28, 2009|
DHAKA: Heavy monsoon rains have battered Bangladesh's capital, flooding streets and homes, stranding thousands and forcing businesses and schools to close.
The national weather office says more than 13 inches (333millimeters) of rain have been recorded Tuesday in the overcrowded capital city of about 10 million people in the past 12 hours.
Dhaka streets waist-deep in water has caused huge traffic snarls. The private television station reports that residents in the city's low-lying areas are stranded in their flooded homes. Trading on the Dhaka stock exchange has been delayed and schools in flooded areas are closed. Floods caused by monsoon rains are common in Bangladesh, a delta nation of 150 million people.