In a shocking incident on Eid al Adha day, the streets of Dhaka ran with blood. Shocked and surprised residents found themselves with no options but to wade through the gory mulch under their feet as soon as they stepped out of their homes and buildings – water was at least ankle-deep in most areas. Yesterday was Eid and animal sacrifice was carried out after the ritual prayers in the morning. While the drains are expected to carry off the blood, but this time rains played spoilsport as the sewerage system was not able to handle it, causing the pure red mixture to come flooding up onto the street, even as pop-eyed residents eyed a way through the mess. None was forthcoming of course.
Since it was Eid, there was of course no question of being restricted to the homes. So, people bravely went about offering their prayers, doing their shopping for the big day, fulfilling kids’ demands and other crucial requirements for the family as the day worked itself to the late evening and night climax. As such, while markets were full of people, as were mosques, inside homes, people were busy preparing the big feast.
This state of affairs happened despite the authorities designatiing a number of spots where the sacrifices could be done. While most citizens obeyed, there were others seen who were carrying out the sacrifice on any convenient street corner or even on their terraces and gardens. The authorities did not launch any crackdown against these people, last heard.
As the photos of the disturbing scenes went viral, people took to the social media to reprimand the authorities over the civic mess across the city. While problems of waterlogging are not new in Dhaka, after all, major cities across the world are regularly facing the same kind of issues, yet on this special day, preparedness on the part of authorities was expected to be much, much better.
Be that as it may, the blood remained sloshing on the streets till late in many areas and in fact where it dried up, it has left a messy remnant that flies and other insects are taking advantage of. A quick clean up is required otherwise this can become a health hazard for the people and a nightmare for the authorities if it causes the outbreak of other diseases.