Ancient Mohenjodaro remains under threat from swollen Indus River

August 7th, 2010 - 5:59 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, Aug.7 (ANI): The world famous ancient remains of Mohenjodaro are under threat from the swollen Indus River in Pakistan’s Sindh province.

With the monsoon wreaking havoc in the north western part of the country triggering the worst floods in many decades, and 900,000 cusecs of water expected to enter Sindh through the Indus River, fears are being raised over the safety of Mohenjodaro, which was declared a World Heritage site by the United Nations (UN) in 1980.

Spreading over an area of almost 600 acres, only 10 percent (50 acres) of the ancient city’s total area has been excavated so far.

Mohenjodaro, which literally means Mound of the Dead, was one of the largest city-settlements of the Indus Valley Civilization. It is regarded as the most ancient planned city in the world.

The Sindh government has deployed the army and rangers to watch the water level and take precautionary measures to cope with an emergency, The Daily Times reports.

Officials at the Mohenjodaro site have also deployed personnel to make daily visits to the spurs on the riverside and monitor the water level. (ANI)

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