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Repair of earthquake-damaged temples starts at Sulamani

Sulamani Pagoda being seen.Photo: MNA
Sulamani Pagoda being seen.Photo: MNA

The Sulamani temple will be the first to be renovated among the many religious structures destroyed or damaged by the Bagan earthquake two weeks ago, according to the Department of Archaeological Research and National Libraries. Experts from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) were expected to arrive in Bagan on 4 September to join local experts for the renovation work, according to Director Daw Ohnmar Aung of the archaeological department.
The department is still compiling a list of the damaged temples and pagodas in the country’s cultural area, with the director saying that nearly 1,000 people are doing the cleaning at the Sulamani temple. Departmental officials, local residents and volunteers are roofing the damaged pagodas to prevent the damaging forces of rain and wind. The department is unable to estimate the costs of repair and renovation work as the process of making an inventory of the destroyed religious structures is not completed.
UNESCO experts are reported to have given local people training on structural repair and renovation.
The 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Bagan on 24 August destroyed nearly 400 pagodas and temples built between the 10th and 11th centuries in the country’s ancient cultural area, also causing serious damage to mural paintings.

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