Section of Great Wall of China collapses due to heavy rains

Aug 10, 2012, 20:51 IST | Agencies

A section of the centuries-old Great Wall of China has collapsed due to heavy rainfall.

A portion of the Great Wall of China collapsed following incessant rains, authorities said on Thursday.

The repair work was underway on the collapsed section in Hebei province's Zhangjiakou region, China Daily reported. The Dajingmen section, stretching about 36 metres long, collapsed on Monday due to heavy rains and winds, an official said. Cracks were also spotted on the wall near the site.

The Great Wall of China

The section was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It has endured years of erosion, which also contributed to the collapse, experts said.

The 36 meter long section is now being repaired. Workers are also reinforcing other sections of the Wall damaged by the water. Reports from experts say other fragments of the Wall, which has stood for centuries, are also in danger due to erosion and cracking.

Recent rains have caused widespread flooding in the country.

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