Days of heavy rain have badly damaged a section of the Great Wall of China. Local authorities are now trying to repair the collapsed area.
The rain in the Hebei Province in Northern China caused massive flooding, and tons of water swept down from the mountains and swept away a section of the wall at Dajingmen, a local official reported.
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.
The Dajingmen section, as well as the most of Great Wall, was constructed during the Ming Dynasty that reined in China between 1368 and 1644. However there are still fragments of the Great Wall dating to the 2nd century BC.
The Great Wall of China stretches from east to west along the historical northern border of China. It consists of a series of walls built of stone, brick, earth, and wood to protect the Chinese Empire from invaders.
Heavy rains have flooded parts of China since July, when the rainy season began in the country. A report from the Ministry of Civil Affairs released on Thursday says 112 have died due to the floods and dozens more are missing.