Eid al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice took a gory turn in Bangalesh’s capital city, Dhaka. It was a rainy Eid there and after few hours of rain the streets were flooded. However, the water-logged streets were red. The blood of the animals slaughtered for the ‘kurbaani’ got mixed with rain water and what happened next left everyone in shock.
The weather forecast by the meteorological department had already warned everyone about heavy rainfall on the festival. It is reported that it started raining on Tuesday (September 13) early – right from the time of morning namaz – and continued erratically till evening. Despite the downpour, people in Dhaka went to offer their Eid prayers in the morning and sacrificed the animals.
Bangladesh’s leading newspaper the Dhaka Tribune reported, “As rainwater built up on the roads of Dhaka and flooded many areas of the capital it got mixed with the blood to create an unusual and gory scene; it appeared as though there were red rivers running across the city.”
The picture of gory Dhaka streets were shared on social media platforms and it drew quick attention. The redness of the picture could let one think it might be photoshopped but no, the pictures were real. Dhaka residents strongly criticised the two city corporations in charge of cleaning the sacrificial waste for this situation. However, a blame game had started by then.
According to a report by Manobkantha, the heavy rainfall created problem for the citizens. They residents were forced to sacrifice the animals within the premises of their homes, like in courtyard or garage instead of the place designated for the slaughter. Close to 1,000 spots were assigned in the city by two corporations to tackle that ritualistic sacrifice on Eid.
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Many dwellers blamed “lack of campaigning was the main reason behind the situation.”While others said, the assigned spots for the sacrifice were far away from their homes.
“Last year the city corporations launched a mass campaign to encourage people to use the designated spots and that caught our eyes. I went to a spot in Mohammadpur last year, but this year, I don’t even know where the spots actually are,” a resident of Shyamoli was quoted in Dhaka Tribune report.
The report added civic officials have said that the water logging problem is not new to the city and were working to resolve the problem. Dhaka South City Corporation’s Deputy Chief waste management official Khandker Millatul Islam said “We have already ordered Maniknagar Wasa pump to start working, so we are hoping that very soon the water-logging problem will be solved.”