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Roads of Dhaka are running red water, guess why?

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A bit of rain and Eid and the roads run red with blood. – Edward Rees on Twitter.

Every butchery would be accustomed to all that blood. The problem begins when it can’t be disposed in a proper way. Photographs uploaded from Dhaka have highlighted the plight of those living in areas around affected streets.

Eid-al-Adha is a day of animal sacrifice with everyone being treated to meat feasts to celebrate. In Asia, the goat suffices as the chosen sacrificial lamb of the day. As traditional practices of animal slaughter in the name of sacrifice continue to be debated, yesterday’s photos shed some light to the gravity of the situation.

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Since there’s an element of sacrifice, animals slaughtered easily surpass the requirement of meat for feasts. There’s also the logical argument of why sacrifice a lamb when you’re committed to sacrifice. Despite specific areas allocated for animal sacrifice, a number of people chose the open road to get on with it instead of waiting their chance at designated areas. The clean up process being slow fuelled people’s patience to get on with it. Shantinagar in Dhaka seemed to be hit hardest.

Meat and poultry products plant liquid effluent regulations dictate waste disposal methods but norms work differently depending on local requirements. Yesterday’s surge in sacrifice led to meat waste being combined with stagnant rainwater on certain streets resulting in streams of contaminated water flowing through city streets.

Inefficient rainwater drainage combined with meat and blood waste has been the highlight of Eid-al-Adha in Bangladesh this year. As a fallout, civic authorities need to address both problems individually while immediately doing what’s needed to curb eh spread of disease that’s inevitable as of now.

 

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