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Trump's wall: Winds blow over section of US-Mexico border fence

A construction crew works on a fallen section of the US-Mexico border wall as seen from Mexicali, Baja California state, Mexico Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Construction workers try to fix the fallen section of the wall

A new section of President Donald Trump's signature wall along the US-Mexico border has been blown over in strong winds, US officials say.

Steel panels from the fence in the town of Calexico, California were knocked down on Wednesday morning.

The concrete used to anchor the 30ft-tall (9m) panels in place had not yet set.

Gusts of around 30 mph (48 km/h) were reported at the time, the US National Weather Service said.

The fence is part of the Trump administration's ongoing construction project to stop illegal migration across the 1,954 mile-long (3,145 km) US-Mexico border.

On Tuesday, Mr Trump boasted at a campaign event in New Jersey that the wall was "going up at record speed".

A day later, high winds blew a section of newly installed panels against trees lining a road in Mexicali, a city on the Mexican side of the border.

"Luckily, Mexican authorities responded quickly and were able to divert traffic from the nearby street," US Border Patrol agent Carlos Pitones told the LA Times.

There was no damage to property or injuries, Mr Pitones said.

Pictures from the border show construction workers with a crane apparently attempting to fix the fence, which appears lopsided.

When visiting a section of the wall in California last year, Mr Trump described its concrete and steel slats as "virtually impenetrable".

The project has been hampered by legal challenges from the beginning, but it has made progress, albeit slowly.

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Media captionBBC Newsround has been to the US-Mexico border to find out more about President Trump's proposed border wall

Earlier this month, the Trump administration said it had built around 100 miles of new wall. Much of this, however, has replaced existing structures.

Mr Trump announced his intention to use Pentagon funds for the wall last February, after a 35-day government shutdown triggered by his demand that congressional Democrats approve funding for the barrier.

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Image caption The Trump administration says about 100 miles of the new wall has been built

He declared a national emergency, arguing that Americans were in danger due to lax southern border security.

Earlier this month, a US appeals court lifted a legal block on $3.6bn (£2.7bn) in defence funds, allowing Mr Trump to spend money on the project.

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