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Identify the possible reasons that have discussed over the years for the decline of the Harappan Civilisation.
  1. The Harappan civilisation declined because of internal disputes among themselves.
  2. The close proximity to a huge river and continuous flooding brought about the gradual decline.
  3. The Harappan Civilisation came to an end due to the destruction caused by earthquakes and/or epidemics.
  4. The Harappan Civilisation came to an end due to the invasion of the Aryans.


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The correct options are
B The close proximity to a huge river and continuous flooding brought about the gradual decline.
C The Harappan Civilisation came to an end due to the destruction caused by earthquakes and/or epidemics.
D The Harappan Civilisation came to an end due to the invasion of the Aryans.
The following have been discussed as possible reasons for the decline of the Harappan Civilisation:
  • The close proximity to the Indus River and continuous flooding;
  • The invasion of the Aryans;
  • Deforestation and overgrazing;
  • Earthquakes and/or epidemics.

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