Photo: Buda Mendes (Getty Images).

11000 The cultural relics’ smog, because the 200-year-old Rio de Janeiro National Museum of Brazil – one of the largest collections in the Americas – burned a massive storm on Sunday night.

According to the report of the Rio Times, there are reports that all items in the museum’s collection of more than 20 million items are not stored off-site or may be destroyed if they are rushed out:

Early reports indicate that the museum has a large collection of items. More than 20 million rare and historical artifacts, including archaeological artifacts from South America, meteorites, fossils and the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in Latin America, have been lost.

“We don’t know how it started!” a museum researcher exclaimed. Globo. News. “There is so much love for this institution,” she said, tears. “This is his 200-year-old museum, which is the life of many people, animal collections, plant collections, everything is lost… everything is lost!”

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There are no serious injuries reported. CNN wrote that the fire occurred at 7:30 pm ET, and the reason is not clear. Museum officials must wait for firefighters to complete structural cleanups to assess damage.

Flame spreads high above the National Museum of Brazil.
Photo: Buda Mendes (Getty Images).

Building items include the most extensive collection of Egyptians in Latin America, pre-Columbian artifacts, the oldest human remains found in the Americas (“Luzia”), dinosaur bones, extensive biological exhibits and large scientific libraries. According to the New York Times, there are some other things stored in the building:

One of the largest meteorites in the world, discovered in 1784, has been on display since 1888.

…from many Brazilian cultural items, including the funeral rituals of the Málaga River region for about 1000 years, the statues and vases of the Santarem culture in the lower part of the Tagayos River, the mortars of the Trombetas River region and in Brazil Rare mummies found.

… In the 1950s, a Greek-Roman series of more than 700 pieces arrived in Brazil.

…a large bird collection for nearly 200 years, representing the Brazilian species.

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(The meteorite is one of the items that may survive in the fire.).

According to the BBC, some parts of the building where at least the animal specimens were stored were intact, and Guardian reported that the rest of the files stored in the other building were not damaged.

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Museum staff can rush in, in some cases can also slam the door and save some items. Professor Paulo Buckup, a fish science expert, told the BBC that he rescued the “thousands” of mollusks and added, “I don’t know how many adults and crustaceans are lost. I am very sorry for my colleagues, they are Some of them have worked here for 30 or 40 years. Now all the evidence of their work has been lost, and their lives have lost their meaning.”

Salvage scientific equipment outside the Burning National Museum.
Photo: Leo Correa (AP).
Onlookers at the National Museum fire scene.
Photo: Buda Mendes (Getty Images).

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“This is the 200-year work of the scientific institution – the most important job in Latin America,” long-term museum employee Marco Aurelio Caldas told Agencia Brazil, every CNN. “Everything is over. Our work, our lives are there.”

Brazil has been facing years of economic recession and corruption scandals, and both the federal and state governments are facing huge budget shortfalls. According to the BBC, museum staff said that the lack of funds made the museum in poor condition, and about one-third of the buildings’ 30 exhibition halls were closed due to financial constraints during the fire. According to the “Guardian” report,

Deputy Director Luis Duarte told TV Globo that the fire was an “unbearable disaster.”

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“Over the years, we have struggled with different governments to get enough resources to protect what is now completely destroyed,” Duarte added. “I feel very depressed and extremely angry.”

Update 12:50 PM Eastern Time. There are more backgrounds on the oversight of the Brazilian government’s oversight of the museum budget in recent years, and the national courtesy of the location:

Since 2014, Museu Nacional has not received a maintenance budget of $128,000; this year, it received a negligible $13,000. In 2015, Museu Nacional was forced to temporarily close because it could not pay for cleaning and security personnel. The curator of the museum had to carry out crowdfunding repairs in one of the most popular exhibition halls, including the skeleton of the humpback whale and the bones of the dinosaur. Maxakalisaurus. .

May 2018 – On the eve of its 200th anniversary – 10 of the museum’s 30 exhibits were open to the public due to years of disrepair. At the time, the Brazilian newspaper. Folha de S.Paulo. Reports that the museum has spalled walls and exposed wires.

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[CNN / Rio Times]