Devastating news for Pakistan as Mohenjo Daro may be removed from world heritage list due to flood damage
Archaeological ruins of Mohenjo Daro received rains of 779.5mm in a period from August 16 to 26 this year.
After the disastrous floods that damaged Mohenjo Daro, The Department of Archaeology has demanded immediate attention and restoration work at the site. The department has also warned that if work is not taken up, the site may be withdrawn from the World Heritage list.
Archaeological ruins of Mohenjo Daro received rains of 779.5mm in a period from August 16 to 26 this year. This has led to a partial collapse of numerous structures like the stupa dome’s protective wall.
The conservator of the site informed the Director of Culture, Antiquities, and Archaeology on 29th August about the condition through a letter. He mentioned, in the letter, that they have used their own resources and did everything they could to protect the site.
Due to the negligence of multiple departments like roads, irrigation, highways, and forests, rainwater from the surrounding agricultural lands flooded the disposal channel.
It was also informed that the archaeology official had requested contact with the irrigation and roads department for the purpose of repairment of the bund, breached canal dykes, and the removal of pipes as soon as possible.
The curator has requested assistance from experts, including conservators and engineers, to evaluate the damage that the rains have caused. Moreover, the archaeology officials, which are at Mohenjo Daro, are working on repairing the broken structures.
Pakistan is currently facing one of the most disastrous floods in its history that have displaced millions. The death toll has risen up to 1,325 with 11 in the past 24 hours.
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