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Dhaka streets in blood: Eid-al-Adha celebration runs into nightmare


Bangladesh capital, Dhaka faced flood yesterday. But it is not the usual flood caused due to heavy rain. Instead it is a manmade flood filled with blood of animals. Yesterday, large number of followers sacrificed animals as part of the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha. However, combined with heavy rains, the roads leading to Dhaka were filled completely with blood of animals.

Heavy rain caused the damage

Even though authorities in Dhaka had designed several places in the city where people and residents could slaughter animals, heavy downpours forced people not to make use of the specific areas.

Goat or sheep sacrificed as part of rituals

Muslims celebrate the festival of Eid al-Adha also called as the Feast of Sacrifice by slaughtering livestock. Usually, a goat, sheep or a cow will be killed to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith.

Meat shared among families

After the sacrifice, the meats of the animals are shared among family and friends. Moreover, they are also shared to poor people who cannot afford to sacrifice animals. This is seen as a gesture of generosity to promote cultural relationship and social harmony.

Residents in Dhaka mainly make use of parking lots, garages and alleys to kill the animals. The resulting blood flowed into the flooded streets turning them into rivers of blood. In Dhaka, floods are common during heavy rains because of the poor drainage systems. The city is usually overcrowded with more than 10 million people.

To avoid situations like this, authorities should take proper action to prevent inconvenience to people. They should also take care of the rights of animals. By doing celebrations like this, the drinking water will be polluted, which will have long term implications.

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