Sinkhole Appears In China

An eighty meter sinkhole has appeared in a school playground in Ningxiang county, Hunan province in southern China. The hole swallowed the playground and damaged the surrounding school and other buildings.

The sinkhole’s appearance was not immediate. As early as January this year, the already land started to yield which formed a 20 meter diameter hole and since then the hole has been expanding as the land kept sinking.

The sinking was accelerated during the rain season as intense rainfall loosened the earth, a local official told CCTV.

The official said families living in nearby buildings were evacuated and had received a subsidy of 300 Yuan.

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