Published: Tue, January 14, 2020

Huge sinkhole swallows bus in China killing six

Huge sinkhole swallows bus in China killing six

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At least six people were killed after a vast sinkhole opened under a bus idling on the side of the road in northwest China, swallowing the vehicle and its commuters whole.

In this image made from CCTV video, a bus plunges into a sinkhole in the center of a downtown street, Monday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Xining, Qinghai province, China.

The collapse of the road was captured on closed-circuit television, as the ground also gave way underneath pedestrians trying to help the bus passengers.

A number of people gather to try to rescue the bus passengers, but are engulfed by the sinkhole as it suddenly widens.

At least four people were still missing and 16 others were hospitalized. Light and smoke were coming to the surface, possibly as a result of the rupture of gas or electricity lines.

The hole reached nearly 10 meters (around 33 feet) in diameter and a rescue effort involving nearly 1,000 emergency responders and 30 vehicles is underway at the site, state media reported.

The bureau said the bus had been raised from the collapsed 80-square metre (860-square foot) section into which it had fallen.

Video footage published by state broadcaster CGTN showed a person being pulled from the hole by rescue workers.

Sinkholes in China are not uncommon, with several deadly incidents occurring in the past several years.

In 2018, four people were killed after a sinkhole opened up on a busy pavement in the city of Dazhou, south-west China.

The sinkholes have often been blamed on the expedited building of roads, tunnels, bridges and other infrastructure.

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