Four dead as sinkhole swallows up city pavement (VIDEO)

Four dead as sinkhole swallows up city pavement (VIDEO)
A group of pedestrians swallowed up by a massive sinkhole in the Chinese city of Dazhou have all reportedly died, two days after survivors were pulled from the gaping cavity.

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.

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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.

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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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