Calcutta, India: Research data collected from across the country over years, maps plotting endangered tribes and other valuable documents are feared lost in a blaze in the Fireproof Spirit Building in the Indian Museum complex. The fire nearly gutted most of the 2,300sq ft Scientific Enclave on the fourth floor of the building that houses various departments of the Anthropological Survey of India.
According to the administrative head of the anthropological survey, D.N. Pande, about a dozen computers in the Electronic Data Processing (EDP) unit, maps in the human ecology and digital cartography section and furniture in the cultural and physical anthropological sections were gutted.
“I had done a detailed project on the tribal groups in the Sunderbans. I had given the documents to the EDP section for digitisation and statistical analysis. All the documents are probably gone,” said Durgapada Biswas, a scientist in the cultural anthropology section.
“The central government has asked for a detailed report on the cause of the fire and the extent of damage. We will soon file the report,” said an official of the Indian Museum.
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