Fears up to 90% of artefacts may have been destroyed in blaze many blame on government neglect

Investigators are awaiting permission to enter the charred remains of Brazil’s National Museum to try to determine the cause of Sunday’s devastating fire and to survey the damage it has wrought on one of the largest scientific and historical collections in Latin America.

Officials fear the losses at the 200-year-old institution could be catastrophic, with one suggesting that up to 90% of the museum’s artefacts may have been destroyed.

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