The recent floods have destroyed the protection walls around Minaret of Jam in Ghor province and have faced the endangered monument with the possibility of collapse.
The minaret is located in Ghor, around 200 kilometers east of Herat, at the confluence of the Hari Rud and Jam Rud rivers.
The Minaret of Jam’s isolated location may have prevented the monument from intentional destruction over nearly 900 years.
The minaret is believed to have been built between 1163 and 1203 during the reign of the Ghurid sovereign Ghyias-ud-Din.
The minaret has been on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Properties in Danger since 2002.
Head of Ghor information and Culture Directorate Fakhruddin Aryapoor said that at least 200 workers have been sent to the area to change the water direction and prevent further damage to the minaret.
He said there is a need for more efforts by government.
“We will try to protect the minaret. There is a high risk to the minaret and its surrounding areas if the floods resume,” he said.
Ghor residents said the 900-year minaret will fall if serious attention is not paid to it.
“Less attention has been paid to protect minaret of Jam,” said Jamila, a civil society activist in Ghor.
“The minaret of Jam is on the verge of collapse. We call on government to take steps in this regard,” said Hamid Karimi, a Ghor resident.
An engineer in Ghor said the first step will be to change the direction of the flood.
“Flexible structures, gabion and other measures should be taken by government to change the direction of water,” said Hanif Yaqubi, an engineer.