- Terrifying footage shows two women tumbling into the giant sinkhole in China
- The pedestrians were walking on a footpath before it suddenly ripped in half
- Both of them survived the accident in Chongqing and suffered minor injuries
- The collapse was reportedly caused by a landslide due to recent heavy rain
This is the terrifying moment a giant sinkhole suddenly opened up on a Chinese street, swallowing two pedestrians.
Shocking footage shows the two female residents walking on the footpath next to a main road before tumbling into the deep pit as the pavement ripped in half in Chongqing.
Both women survived the accident with minor injuries after being rescued by firefighters, according to reports.
Officials believed that the collapse was caused by a landslide due to recent heavy rain in the region, reported Chinese media. A further investigation is said to be underway.
Traffic police said that they had sealed off the road after the incident occurred yesterday evening in Chongqing’s Wulong district.
Surveillance footage captures the shocking moment two female pedestrians were dropped into a giant sinkhole after the sidewalk suddenly collapsed.
Local firefighters are seen in the video searching for the residents in the debris after being called to the scene.
An onlooker can be heard saying: ‘You can’t even see them.’
The two pedestrians were later rescued and sent to a local hospital for medical examination.
One of the women is seen in footage with her fingers covered in blood as she tells onlookers about the terrifying incident.
‘We were walking over there and suddenly tumbled [into the sinkhole]. My feet were trapped under a rock,’ the women said.
They are said to have been in stable condition with minor injuries, according to reports.
The authorities told The Paper that the accident was caused by a landslide due to heavy downpours in the region, according to their initial inspection. A further investigation into the cause is underway.
The news comes as regions across China have been hit by floods and heavy rain since June.
Chinese regions as far apart as Sichuan in the south-west and Gansu in the north-west are at heightened risk of natural disasters in the coming days amid another round of torrential rain, the country's weather bureau said on Thursday.
Regions throughout China have been ordering emergency evacuations as a result of landslides, burst riverbanks and mountain floods.
China has vowed to take a scientific approach to controlling floods and has made use of early warning systems as well as its dams and reservoirs to try to minimise the damage.
More than 45million people have been affected since flood season began in June, with at least 142 people dead or missing, according to official figures.