gradual crumbling

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Sindh Abadgar Board (SAB) leaders are very worried over neglect of country's irrigation system and warned that it would face destruction without serious attention.Speaking at a press conference recently, SAB President Majeed Nizamani, VP Nawaz Shah, General Secretary Zulfikar Yusufani, Mahfooz Ursani, Nadeem Shah and others said causes of gradual crumbling of the system include damaged regulators and almost non-existent inspection of canals and distributaries.They alleged that Irrigation Department did not invest much in it though great expenditure of repairs of canals was shown on papers.
What I saw there had a profound impact on me and led to the gradual crumbling of the dividing walls I had been so painstakingly constructing.
Gardano's preface is nonetheless symptomatic of the end of an era, of the gradual crumbling of the social structures that had fostered the aristocratic seclusion of certain stylistic avant-gardes of the late Renaissance.