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Three people missing after giant 100ft sinkhole swallows up lorry and scooter in Guangzhou, China

Water started to fill up the sinkhole while the rescue work was underway

Water started to fill up the sinkhole while the rescue work was underway
Three people including a father and a son are missing after a giant sinkhole swallowed a street sweeper and an electric bike before filling with water.

CCTV footage from captured the moment a sanitation lorry carrying a driver, 51, and his son, 26, disappeared into the ground in Guangzhou, southeast China.

Witnesses are screaming as they walk around the sinkhole when more ground collapses, making it increases in a size of 100 feet across.

Municipal officials say the freak accident happened at the junction of Guangzhou Avenue and Yodong West Road at around 9.30am local time on December 1.


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Third sinkhole in three days appears in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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A warning to Kuala Lumpur drivers: a third sinkhole has appeared in the city center this week (albeit somewhat less impressive than its cohorts), this time along Jalan Dewan Bahasa Pustaka.

City hall (DBKL) officials have blamed the relatively small patch of collapsed pavement on burst underground water pipes.

DBKL took to their Facebook account to warn commuters of potential delays along the stretch of road leading towards the intersection of Jalan Loke Yew and Hang Tuah. Drivers wanting to get to Jalan Imbi have been advised to use the overpass while repairs are being carried out.

Three sinkholes have appeared throughout the city in as many days, with the first reported on Sunday night after it dramatically swallowed up a woman's Perodua Myvi as she drove near Stadium Merdeka. No one was injured in the incident, which left a three-meter hole along Jalan Maharajalela.

Comment: Woman in car swallowed by sinkhole in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


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Woman in car swallowed by sinkhole in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A Myvi was swallowed by a sinkhole in the heart of Kuala Lumpur on Nov 25

A Myvi was swallowed by a sinkhole in the heart of Kuala Lumpur on Nov 25
It's not every day a giant hole opens up in the ground to swallow us whole, but it would scare most people to think about the injuries an incident like that could cause.

On Sunday (Nov 25), a woman in Kuala Lumpur was fortunate to escape unscathed, after her yellow Perodua Myvi fell into a sinkhole that opened up in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

According to Bernama, the 42-year-old woman was driving along Jalan Maharajalela in the direction of Jalan Loke Yew when a sinkhole opened up on the road.

Citing Kuala Lumpur Traffic Enforcement and Investigation head ACP Zulkefly Yahya, the state news agency reported that the ground sunk in at around 11.35pm on Sunday, causing the car to fall in head first.


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Sinkhole in Brazil swallows mother and daughter as they drive behind truck

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A mother and daughter casually driving along the streets of Flores da Cunha in Brazil were swallowed up by a giant sinkhole which suddenly opened up in the road before them.

Vanessa Cavagnolli, 34, suffered a broken nose and her daughter Andressa Carnesela, 12, sustained minor, non-life threatening injuries in the dramatic incident in the Rio Grande do Sul region on Tuesday.

CCTV footage from the street shows the road disintegrating after a heavy construction truck carrying clay drove over it.

The driver immediately behind the truck averted danger in time but Cavagnolli unwittingly sped right into the abyss. Thankfully, Cavagnolli was largely unharmed, and could be seen getting out of her vehicle in shock at what had just unfolded.


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Two men boiled alive as sinkhole swallows their car in Penza, Russia

The two men in the Lada are believed to have been killed almost immediately.
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The two men in the Lada are believed to have been killed almost immediately.
Two men have died after the car they were driving filled up with scorching hot water after a sinkhole swallowed them in Russia.

The pair were trapped in the vehicle in Penza and died "almost immediately" when 75C water sprayed the car.

A burst hot water pipe under a car park was seen as the cause of the horror.

Distressing images show the car being pulled out of the sinkhole as hot steam from the opening can be seen rising.


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4 metre deep sinkhole opens up in Benoni, South Africa

A sinkhole has developed on Snake Road in Benoni in Ekurhuleni.
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A sinkhole has developed on Snake Road in Benoni in Ekurhuleni.
Motorists have been warned of a sinkhole on the N12 (Snake Road) near Benoni.

The sinkhole was discovered in the early hours of Saturday morning and by afternoon road closures remained in place. The sinkhole appears to be around four metres deep, according to Gauteng Roads and Transport Department spokesperson Melitah Madiba.

In a tweet, MEC for Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Jacob Mamabolo stated that a detailed geotechnical investigation to assess the situation will be carried out.

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Bus falls into gaping sinkhole in Pittsburgh

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Morning commuters in Pittsburgh got an eyeful Monday when a bus fell backward into a gaping sinkhole, leaving the front half hanging several feet above the road.

The Port Authority bus was stopped at a red light when a rectangular hole in the street opened up beneath it, swallowing the back half of the bus, Port Authority of Allegheny County officials said.

Only the driver and one passenger were on board when the bus fell in. Both were safely able to exit, and the lone passenger was being treated for minor injuries, the Port Authority reported.


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Man possibly carried away in sinkhole in Hermosillo, Mexico

A man reportedly fell into this sinkhole late Monday afternoon.

A man reportedly fell into this sinkhole late Monday afternoon.
Authorities are searching for a man possibly carried away in a massive sinkhole in Hermosillo, the capital of the Mexican state to Arizona's south.

A man riding a bicycle reportedly fell into the more than 6-foot-deep hole late Monday afternoon. Since then, authorities have been searching for him between the sinkhole and a sewage treatment plant roughly 5 miles away, according to a city official.


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Huge sinkhole swallows two cars after opening up in Shanxi, China

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A huge sinkhole opened up on a road in northern China's Lvliang, swallowing two cars. In the video, filmed on September 11, two cars can be seen upside-down inside a 50-metre-long and 10-metre-wide sinkhole as water poured in from the road. According to the witness, people in the two cars have been evacuated and no one was injured. The case is being investigated, reports said.


Comment: Another similar recent incident in the same country: Huge sinkhole swallows taxi after opening up on Chinese road


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Huge sinkhole swallows taxi after opening up on Chinese road

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A taxi driver had to sprint to freedom from his cab moments after it was swallowed up by an enormous sinkhole.

The cabbie, named Guo, ran from his car after the 13ft deep chasm opened up in Ningxia, northern China.

The 33-year-old had just dropped off a fare. 'After my passenger got out, I drove forwards, then my car suddenly began sinking into the ground. I was shocked and immediately tried to open my door to get out,' he said. 'But my car became misshapen in the sinkhole, so I had to kick it open and ran out.'


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