The 200 year old National Museum of Brazil, located in Rio de Janeiro was engulfed by a blazing fire on Sunday evening, after it had been closed. The oldest scientific institution of Brazil housed over 200 crore items, ranging from ancient fossils, to valuable documents and artworks which are believed to have been caught up in the blaze.
Firefighters are working hard to douse the raging fire. There has not been any report on death or injuries so far and no conclusion has been drawn about the cause of the fire or the extent of the damage.
The museum, which was founded in 1818, once served as the residence of the Portuguese royal family.
Some noteworthy collections of the museum included dinosaur bones, and a 12,000-year-old skeleton of a woman known as “Luzia”, the oldest ever found in the Americas. The museum also contained historical documents of Portuguese invasion of Brazil and a huge collection of archives of the various indigenous communities of Brazil.
Brazil President Michel Temer quoted that two hundred years of work, research and knowledge were lost.
The destruction of the museum has not only been a great loss to Brazil, but also to the world.