Dhaka ,September 14 (NIA): In the poorly maintained Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, this was only waiting to happen. As torrential rains lashed the crowded city, people of the Muslim-majority city did what they always did on Bakr Eid day – sacrifice animals .But with entire areas being heavily waterlogged, the blood of the sacrificed animals got mixed up with the flood waters which flowed through the city as rivers of blood.
According to Dhaka Tribune, the Met Office had forecast on Tuesday, that on Eid, there will be heavy showers throughout the day. But undeterred by pouring rain, Dhaka’s citizens went to say their Eid prayers in the morning and sacrificed animals.
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 unusually appalling scene; it appeared as though there were red rivers running across the city, the paper reported.
People strongly criticized the two city corporations in charge of clearing sacrificial waste. Many said the incident showed how the city corporations had failed to keep the city’s drainage systems functioning and had paid no attention to the matter before Eid.
The two city corporations had designated 1,000 spots – 496 in the north and 504 in the south – for slaughtering animals. However from 7.30 in the morning, people were seen slaughtering animals on the streets in Mohammadpur, Mirpur, Shyamoli, Uttara, Dhanmondi, Niketon.
The roads soon filled up with blood and waste.
City dwellers say lack of awareness creation was the cause.
“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 didn’t know where the designated spots were,” said Tareq Ahmed of Shyamoli.
In Malibagh, Baily Road, Shantinagar, Bijoynagar, Paltan, Motijheel, Jatrabari, Bakshi Bazar and Kathalbagan area, reporters found people sacrificing animals in front of their homes .
Dhaka South City Corporation’s Deputy Chief Waste Management official, Khandker Millatul Islam, said that water logging in Dhaka is an old problem yet to be solved.