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Great Wall of China collapses after heavy rain, repair work underway

Beijing, Aug 9 (): A portion of China‘s most ancient and globally attracted Great Wall, has collapsed following severe incessant rains. The section of walls in north China‘s Hebei province’s Zhangjiakou region, were damaged and are under repair work.

The strong wall collapsed when strong currents of water from the mountains crushed the Dajingmen section of the Great Wall in Zhangjiakou following days of continuous rain, an official with the city’s Qiaoxi district said.

The fallen section extends up to 36 meters. Cracks were also spotted on other parts of the wall near the collapsed section. The weak places were cleared out which reinforced other loose sections to prevent further collapses. Protection experts from cultural relic are making proper efforts to repair the damaged areas.

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

Recent heavy downpour of rains has caused widespread flooding in the country. A great amount of rainfall has beaten China since the rainy season began, causing widespread flooding in the vast country.

Last month, the heaviest downpours in over 60 years in Beijing paralysed the capital city, killing 79.

The Great Wall was never actually a single wall but many walls, twisting along a 4,000-mile (6,400-kilometer) east-west path across northern China.

In order to protect the great wall, in 2003, Beijing announced its first regulations. Then last December a new national law was announced by the central government to protect the wall.

It is now illegal to carve names in the bricks, remove stones or bricks from the wall, hold raves on the wall or build a house against the wall. Also important, the law says that “all citizens, legal entities and organizations” are charged with protecting the wall and reporting illegal activity to government agencies.