Dhaka: Citizens of Dhaka witnessed a horrific sight amidst the celebration of Eid al-Adha on Tuesday. Rainfall and animal sacrifices across the city created a dreadful scene of blood streams across streets in the city.
Waterlogging in many parts of the city got mixed with the blood following the sacrifices of the animals creating the disturbing scene. The flooded parts of the city gave an impression akin to rivers of blood. Despite the intermittent showers, citizens thronged mosques, offered prayers and proceeded with the ritualistic goat sacrifice.
Corporations of the two major cities in Dhaka faced the ire of the citizens as many of them criticised the sluggish pace of cleanup following the ritual. Many pointed out that the incident reflected the corporation’s failure at maintaining the drainage system. Both the cities were allotted 496 and 504 spots respectively for slaughtering animals.
Regardless of the designated spot, several people were seen performing animal sacrifices on the streets and other convenient locations. Soon the roads were filled with reddened water. The spots included Mohammadpur, Mirpur, Shyamoli, Uttara, Dhanmondi, Niketon
While some said that the lack of campaigning ahead of the festival was the reason for the situation, several others claimed that the designated spots were too far from their homes.
Areas like Malibagh, Baily Road, Shantinagar, Bijoynagar, Paltan, Motijheel, Jatrabari, Bakshi Bazar and Kathalbagan saw people slaughtering animals right in front of their homes.
Khandker Millatul Islam, deputy chief waste management official from Dhaka South City Corporation said that waterlogging has been problem for a long time. Islam added that the the corporation is working towards solving the issue.