A 121-year-old bridge under state protection was destroyed by floods in Diping township, Liping county in southwestern Guizhou Province earlier this week, said sources with the local government on Thursday.
Almost 200 mm of rain from Monday morning to Tuesday morning caused the Nanjiang river to flood, destroying the bridge of the Dong ethnic style on Tuesday.
Built in 1883, the bridge, 108 km from the Liping county, is the largest storm bridge of the Dong ethnic style in Guizhou Province. Boasting a corridor of 56 meters long and a floor of 4.5meters wide, the bridge has three towers, all of which were built without using even a nail or a rivet.
Considered to be a representative building of the Dong ethnic constructions, the bridge was ranked among cultural relics and putunder state protection in 2001.
After the bridge collapsed, local people have been trying to salvage the broken parts of the bridge. The county government has asked all local residents along the river to join in the salvage work.