Earth & Conservation

Blood Water Flows Through Dhaka Streets

The annual sacrificing of animals for the Eid al-Adha festival had a surprising result when torrential rains poured over the Bangladeshi capital.

Rivers of blood are flowing through the streets of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, causing quite a gruesome scene, reports the Dhaka Tribune.

On Tuesday, Bangladeshis began celebrating Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, which honors the prophet Abraham's sacrifice of his son for God. As part of this honoring, animals, most commonly goats, are ritually sacrificed.

This year, the timing of the Eid al-Adha animal killings happened to coincide with torrential rain. As rainwater blanketed the city, it mixed with the blood of the sacrificed animals, and the result looked a bit like something out of a horror movie.

The blood rivers were caused in part by Dhaka's lack of proper infrastructure, and in part by the many residents that didn't follow guidelines for the Eid al-Adha sacrifices. The city set-up 1,000 different sites for the sacrifices to take place, in order to prevent chaos, but many people still chose to kill the animals wherever was most convenient for them.

The city was also meant to have proper drainage in the roads for the animal blood, but the drainage systems were not equipped to handle the downpour that ensued, further contributing to the buildup of red water flowing through the streets.

The Deputy Chief waste management official of Dhaka South City Corporation, Khandker Millatul Islam, told the Dhaka Tribune that water-logging has been a reoccurring problem for many years.

"We are still working to solve this issue. We have already ordered Maniknagar Wasa pump to start working, so we are hoping that very soon the water-logging problem will be solved." he said.

H/T The Washington Post