Well this is certainly a catastrophe. 20 million historic artefacts from around the world, including the oldest fossils ever found in Brazil, have all gone up in flames in a massive fire at Brazil’s 200 year old national museum.
They’ve not yet said what the cause was, but apparently fire hydrants close to the museum were not working, hampering efforts to put out the fire.
Brazilians, especially the indigenous, are understandably upset that more was not done to safeguard so many valuable items of historic significance.
“The tragedy this Sunday is a sort of national suicide. A crime against our past and future generations,” Bernard Mello Franco, one of Brazil’s best-known columnists, wrote on the O Globo newspaper site.