A landmark bridge built over four centuries ago has toppled and washed away in east China.
The Lecheng bridge was an arch-shaped stone bridge which sat in the town of Sanxi in Jingde county of Anhui province, which has been battered by heavy rainstorm in the past two weeks.
Its 11 elliptical arches set the bridge at an elevation of nine metres above the river.
In the footage captured by local residents, the bridge collapses when the floodwater strikes and breaks the pillars in the middle of the river.
A woman can be heard gasping as she watches the ancient bridge vanishes into the river.
A man yells in disbelief in the background: “Oh my God!”
The large stones sink into the water, exposing a long metal structure of the bridge as it hangs mid-air.
Local reports said seven arches were destroyed and the bridge is now standing on the remaining four.
A noticeboard details the history of the bridge and explained that the 156-metre-long bridge was built during the Ming Dynasty in 1543 and is the largest existing ancient bridge in the province.
China’s mouthpiece Global Times also shared the footage on Twitter.
It wrote in the caption: “An ancient bridge with a history of more than 400 years in East China’s Anhui Province were destroyed by flood on Monday.
“Local meteorological administration has upgraded the emergency response level for heavy rainfall from level III to II.”
Chinese viewers commented on Weibo, a Chinese equivalent to Twitter, on the loss of the historic site.
One said: “My heart breaks when I saw this 400-year-old ruins fall apart.”
“What a shame! The government should have carried out regular repair on this ancient bridge,” another view suggested.