Heavy rains lashed the capital of Bangladesh on the occasion of Eid-al-Adha, which led to water logging in the streets across Dhaka. As citizens performed animal sacrifices to mark the festival in the same streets, the blood got mixed with the floodwater, making them appear like nightmarish rivers of blood.
While citizens blamed it on the poor drainage system and city corporation’s inefficiency in clearing out animal waste in a proper manner, the public too were at fault, as they performed the ritual animal slaughters for Eid in unauthorised public places for the sale of convenience.
A UN worker tweeted a photo of the bloody street rivers.
“It’s totally awkward! I saw knee-deep water on the street in front of my house when I woke up in the morning. I could not go out. The situation worsened as the waste of slaughtered cattle were carried by the waters into the streets,” Hasan Tarek, a resident of Fakirapool, told Bangladesh News 24.
The heavy rains and the rivers of blood, however, did not keep the faithful from flocking to mosques to offer prayers. People responded to the calls to prayer on the occasion of Eid duly in large numbers.