China sinkhole
© MirrorThe pair were stood talking by a van when the giant chasm appeared.
Witnesses offered assistance to the man and woman who suddenly dropped into the ground when the huge chasm opened up

The terrifying moment a couple were sucked into a giant sinkhole has been caught on camera.

Dramatic CCTV footage captured the moment a man and a woman fell into the gaping chasm as they stood in a car park.

The pair were reportedly discussing business matters next a silver van and could do nothing as they suddenly dropped into the ground when the sinkhole opened up and swallowed them.

The incident reportedly occurred in the township of Yonghe, which is in Anyang County of Central China's Henan Province, and was witnessed by several nearby residents.

The victims were talking outside the local Yonghe clinic when they fell into the ground and were amazingly found alive at the bottom pit.

Witnesses rushed to their rescue and managed to pull them out with the help of ropes and ladders. Police and paramedics arrived to tend to the victims, who were rushed to hospital and who are both said to be in stable condition.

The sinkhole is said to have been triggered by severe flooding last month, which caused excess groundwater to erode the soil under the road. The thin surface then cracked under the weight of the van and the two victims.

Reports said the road was sealed off and repaired, and it has since been reopened to the public.