Firefighters battled throughout the night to extinguish the fire that began after the museum closed to the public on Sunday night. The 200-year-old institution which is part of Rio de Janeiro’s Federal University contained 20 million items including some brought to Brazil by Portuguese rulers at the beginning of the 19th century.
It’s our history that was stored here, our scientific history, our academic history, the heritage from the imperial period. It’s an irreparable loss.
The museum was also home to a 12,000 year old human skeleton, the oldest found on the continent, as well as dinosaur skeletons fossils and meteorite found in 1784. A local fire chief said experts will be brought in as soon as possible to salvage what they can from the ashes.
We’re going to have the participation of museum employees. It will be a slow process, so that we can, who knows, recover fragments, something that could still have historic value.
A museum curator was allowed to enter Monday to collect what remained of the museum’s meteorite exhibits. So the artifacts would not be confused with the charred remains of the building.
They let me enter because I could recognize the pieces. I knew where they were and I could recover some of them from the ashes.
Some of the collections were stored in another building, but most of those archived in the museum are believed to have been destroyed.
It’s a tragedy. Yes it is. We have to go through a period of mourning, but we have to think what now. It doesn’t help just to cry.
Museum director Alexander Kellner said, the federal government’s help is needed to aid in recovery efforts.
Brazil can’t lose its history.
Many Brazilians blame the government for failing to secure funds needed to maintain the museum and they came out Monday to express their anger. The devastating fire hit one of Latin America’s oldest and largest museums, as Brazil battles economic recession, high unemployment and violent crime.
Zlatica Hoke VOA News Washington.
1. ... including some brought to Brazil by Portuguese rulers at the beginning of the 19th century.
at the beginning of 在……的开始
At the beginning of each class, I count off the students.
2. The museum was also home to a 12,000 year old human skeleton, the oldest found on the continent,
be home to 蕴藏着，是……的总部
However, it is home to ten language families, including at least three families that have only one language each.
这里储藏的是我们的历史，有科学方面的历史，有学术方面的历史，也有帝国时期的文物 。这种损失是不可挽回的 。
该博物馆里还有1.2万副人类骨架，其中还有这片大陆上最古老的人类骨架，以及1784年发现的恐龙骨架化石和陨石 。当地某消防队长表示，专家会尽快赶往现场，在废墟中尽可能做补救工作 。
我们还会动员博物馆的工作人员 。这个过程会很漫长，但没准能修复部分有历史价值的珍宝 。
博物馆某管理员受允周一进入馆内，收集博物馆展出陨石的残留品 。这样工艺品就不会跟博物馆内已经烧黑的物品混杂在一起 。
他们之所以与允许我入内是因为我认得出支离破碎的珍品 。我能找到幸免于难的珍品，并从废墟中将它们解救出来 。
这是一场悲剧，无疑了 。哀悼是免不了的，但我们必须要思考现在怎么办 。哭也无济于事 。
博物馆馆长亚历山大 科尔纳(Alexander Kellner)表示，博物馆需要联邦政府的帮助来协助修复工作 。
很多巴西民众责怪巴西政府没能提供必要的资金来维护博物馆 。周一的时候，民众走上街头表达自己的愤怒 。这次大火重创了拉丁美洲最古老、最大型的博物馆之一，与此同时，巴西还要抗击经济衰退、居高不下的失业率与暴力犯罪 。
感谢收听扎拉迪卡 霍克(Zlatica Hoke)从华盛顿发回的报道 。