Building was not insured, the museums deputy director said, but some pieces survived including the Bendeg meteorite
As much as 90% of the collection at Brazils National Museum was destroyed in a devastating fire on Sunday and compounding the disaster the building was not insured, according to the museums deputy director.
Some pieces survived, including the famous Bendeg meteorite and a library of 500,000 books including works dating back to the days of the Portuguese empire which was kept in a separate annex, Cristiana Serejo told reporters in front of the buildings blackened shell.
But it was still not possible to say how much of the collection had escaped the flames, Serejo said. It could be 10%, it could be 15, it could be 20, she said. We had a very big loss.
The museums Egyptology collection was completely destroyed, Serejo said.
Researchers who were able to enter one area of the building in Rio de Janeiro are starting to catalogue what little is left, said Serejo, who appealed to members of the public to return any items they found.
Asked if the museum was insured, she screwed up her face in mock anguish, and shook her head.
I hope we learn from this, she said. Other public buildings are in the same situation.
Two days after the museum was gutted in a fire that has traumatized Brazil, smoke still rose from the wreckage, and small fires are still breaking out, said a firefighter who declined to give his name. Its wood that is still burning. We are constantly throwing water on it.
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