Section of the Great Wall of China collapses under heavy rains

Summary:After centuries, it was rain, and not a foreign threat, that broke through.

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Often considered one of the most durable wonders of the ancient world, part of the Great Wall of China is now at risk.

As GlobalPost reported Aug. 10, heavy rains in Hebei province outside of Beijing caused 36 meters of the Wall to collapse. The area has been cleared and experts are now drafting proposals to remair the damaged section, according to Xinhua, the state news agency. The section of the wall in question was built during the Ming Dynasty and is somewhere between 400 to 700-years-old.

The Great Wall was not the only part of China affected. Recent rainfall, including more than 7-inches in one day, has displaced more than 30,000 people in Beijing.


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Claire Lambrecht has written for the New York Times, Slate, Salon, The Nation, and CBS MoneyWatch. Previously, she taught English as a Teach for America Corps Member and Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. She holds degrees from Cornell University, the University of Hawaii, and the Arthur M. Carter Journalism Institute at New York U... Full Bio

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