Four dead as sinkhole swallows up city pavement (VIDEO)
The sudden and horrific collapse of a sidewalk near a busy commercial district was captured on CCTV on Sunday. In footage obtained by the People’s Daily newspaper, four people can be seen tumbling into a large street crevasse that seconds earlier had not existed.
Watch the terrifying moment a large sinkhole appeared on a sidewalk in Dazhou, SW China's Sichuan, on Sunday, swallowing 4 people, one of whom has been confirmed dead. Rescue operations are still underway, according to local media reports. pic.twitter.com/qYQ4ba5rnx— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) October 8, 2018
Sinkholes generally occur in places where soil has been undercut through excavation or natural water erosion. Chinese settlements have experienced a number of sinkhole phenomena in recent years, including an incident in 2016 when four cars were swallowed up.
According to the South China Morning Post, two people pulled from the rubble alive in this recent incident later died in hospital. It is now being reported that a total of four people died in the disaster. Among the dead were a newlywed couple, as well as a father and his 11-year-old son.
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