01:32 GMT19 April 2021
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    BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - An ancient suspension bridge in Peru built by the Inca 600 years ago has collapsed into the river, Peru's RPP radio reported on Wednesday, citing sources in the Cusco region's directorate of culture.

    Reportedly, the collapse could have been caused by a delay in repair works due to COVID-19.

    Traditionally, thousands of locals gather every year in the second week of June to repair the bridge. The three-day ceremony is recognized as a cultural heritage event by the Peruvian government and UNESCO.

    Specialists have been dispatched to the site to look for possible solutions to the situation.

    The 1.2-meter wide (3.9 feet) and 28-meter long rope bridge is part of the famous Inca road system — a network of numerous roads constructed hundreds of years ago, connecting territories in modern-day Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina in what is considered to be the most extensive and advanced transportation system in pre-Columbian South America.

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