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AFP
January 15, 2020

Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills nine in China

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AFP
January 15, 2020

BEIJING: An enormous sinkhole swallowed a bus and pedestrians in northwest China, sparking an explosion and killing nine people, state media said on Tuesday.

Footage showed people at a bus stop running from the collapsing road as the vehicle – jutting into the air – sank into the ground. Several people disappeared into the sinkhole as it spread, including what appeared to be a child. The incident also triggered an explosion inside the hole, video showed.

Sinkholes are not unknown in China, where they are often blamed on construction works and the country’s rapid pace of development. The incident occurred at around 5:30 pm (0930 GMT) on Monday in Xining, the capital of Qinghai province, the state-run broadcaster CCTV said.

Nine people were confirmed dead as of 10pm (1400 GMT) on Tuesday, according to CCTV. A search and rescue operation involving more than 1,000 people and 30 vehicles was under way, according to the official Xinhua news agency. An investigation into the cause has been opened.

Video footage published by state broadcaster CGTN showed a person being pulled from the hole by rescue workers. The collapse left an 80-square-metre (860-square-foot) pit in the street outside a hospital. The 16 injured were taken to hospital and are in a stable condition, Xinhua added, citing a local emergency management official.

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