Drone footage of destroyed Burmese temples is the most haunting thing you'll see all day

This drone footage filmed over Burma shows the extent of the damage to several temples in the ancient city of Bagan after an earthquake on August 24. As many as 185 brick pagodas were damaged – some of which date back to the 10th century – when the 6.8 magnitude quake occurred.

Bagan, also known as Pagan, is one of Burma’s top tourist attractions as visitors can see a panorama of temples flanked by the Irrawaddy River.

Bagan is home to more than 2,200 structures, including pagodas and temples constructed from the 10th to the 14th centuries. Many are in disrepair while others have been restored in recent years, aided by the UN cultural agency Unesco.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was “saddened” by the loss of life and damage from the earthquake and expressed his condolences to the “people and government” of Burma.

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