(ORDO NEWS) — A number of heritage sites in Sindh are at risk of destruction due to flooding.
Much of Mohenjo-Daro, including the iconic Mound of the Dead, was destroyed by flood waters. The excavated areas are damaged as water seeps through and creates gullies, filling the area.
The country is battling its worst flooding since 2010, and activists and politicians are scrambling to figure out how to help and rehabilitate millions of people left homeless.
Archaeologists and heritage advocates are also grappling with their own crises as heritage sites remain in danger of destruction.
At Mohenjo-Daro, home to the last surviving remains of the prehistoric Indus Valley Civilization dating back to 2500 BC, rain and flood water seeps into the ground and erodes the walls.
This, in turn, causes the walls of the prehistoric houses at the heritage site to lean, threatening their total destruction and collapse.
In Larkana, the buildings of Shah Baharo and Tajar, which were already derelict, were flooded with a mixture of rain, flood and sewer water.
The cemetery of Mian Nur Mohammad Kalhoro suffered great damage: six tombs completely disappeared under the flood waters.
The rains damaged the Buddhist stupa at Tul Mir Rukan, and the Makli monuments at Thatta and Bhambor were also flood victims.
Hamid Akhund, secretary of the Endowment Fund Trust (EFT) for Sindh Heritage, said the damage was “massive”.
“Everything that we have restored has been damaged. There is not a single place in Sindh where the heritage would remain intact, be it Kot Didji, Ranikot, Shahi Mahal, the White Palace, Faiz Mahal, historical imam mosques, palaces or public hospitals,” – he said.
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