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Floods destroy historic Plaka Bridge in Greece

Greece's historic  Plaka bridge.
Greece’s historic Plaka bridge. Image by peppi9 / CC BY-SA 2.0

The famous stone bridge of Plaka, over Arachthos river in Arta, western Greece, has collapsed after strong rainfall in the Epiros area. Considered the largest single-arch bridge in the Balkans, it was built in 1866 and withstood German bombing during WWII. There are fears that another historic bridge, the Bridge of Arta, may also collapse due to floods. Several villages in the prefecture of Arta have been evacuated and a state of emergency declared. Read more: keeptalkinggreece.com