Pakistan floods damage iconic Mohenjo-daro ruins

Islamabad: Iconic sites in Pakistan’s Sindh province such as the Mohenjo-Daro ruins, Kot Diji, Ranikot suffered widespread damage during the recent catastrophic floods.

At Mohenjo-Daro alone, the record rain have damaged excavated areas and exposed the ones buried underneath by creating furrows in them, Dawn news reported.

The accumulated water has seeped into the excavated areas, loosening the soil and resultantly tilting the walls.

This site, among the primary surviving bastions of the Indus Valley Civilization as it dates back to 2,500 B.C., is one of the last remaining connections Pakistan has with prehistory, Dawn reported.

The Mound of the Dead, one of Mohenjo-Daro’s most iconic features, is covered in blue tarpaulin.

The torrential rain that have left most of Sindh inundated have not spared these ruins either, and workers scramble to reinforce the retaining wall of the mound as water seeps down into the unexcavated parts of the site, carving channels as it goes, Dawn reported.

While the government and welfare organisations battle to provide relief and rehabilitate the hundreds of thousands left homeless by the savage monsoon downpours, heritage and archaeological sites across the province are also in dire need of repair.

Reports emanating from various parts of the province paint a pretty bleak picture; the very forts, tombs which symbolise the glorious past of the region are now in danger of crumbling, Dawn reported.

Apart from that, the Buddhist stupa at Thul Mir Rukan has fallen victim to the inclement weather as its drum has been broken.

The floods have not spared the famous Makli monuments in Thatta and Banbhore either, both internationally renowned archeological sites.

(IANS)

 

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