Mystery surrounds natural wonder in Al-Mahra desert
Surrounded in secret and tales of devils, the Well of Barhout in Yemen’s east– called the “Well of Hell”– is a little-understood natural marvel.
Closer to the border with Oman than to the capital Sanaa 1300km away, the huge hole in the desert of Al-Mahra province is 30m large and believed to be anywhere in between 100 and 250m deep.
Local folklore states it was developed as a jail for the devils– a track record reinforced by the nasty smells increasing from its depths.
Yemeni authorities state they do not understand what lies listed below.
“It’s very deep — we’ve never reached the bottom of this well, as there’s little oxygen and no ventilation,” stated Salah Babhair, director-general of Mahra’s geological study and mineral resources authority.
“We have gone to visit the area and entered the well, reaching more than 50-60 metres down into it. We noticed strange things inside. We also smelled something strange … It’s a mysterious situation.”
Sunlight does not extend far into the structure, and little bit can be seen from the edge other than the birds that fly in and out of its depths.
Videographers looking for close-ups of the within the well have actually stated they are nearly difficult to catch– regional superstitious notion has it that items near the hole can be drawn towards it.
Babhair stated that the well was “millions and millions” of years of ages. “These places require more study, research and investigation,” he stated.
Over the centuries, stories have actually flowed of malign, supernatural figures called jinns or genies residing in the well.
Many regional homeowners stay anxious about checking out the large hole, or perhaps discussing it, for worry of ill fortune from a gorge which, legend has it, threatens life on Earth itself.
Yemenis have actually had enough misfortune as it is.
The nation has actually been involved in a civil war because 2014 in between the federal government and the Huthi rebels.
The United Nations states Yemen is suffering the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with 10s of thousands eliminated, millions displaced and two-thirds of its 30-million population depending on some type of help.