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Giant Sinkhole Swallows Bus and Pedestrians in China

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At least 6 people have been killed and other 16 injured after an enormous sinkhole swallowed a bus and a number of pedestrians in central China.

The incident occurred on January 13, in the evening, outside a hospital in Xining, the capital of Qinghai province.

CCTV footage showed an explosion inside the sinkhole shortly after the bus and bystanders fell inside.

In recent years, several deadly sinkholes have been reported in China.

The footage from the latest incident shows the moment people waiting at a bus stop are forced to flee as the ground underneath the bus starts to cave in.

A number of people gather to try to rescue the bus passengers, but are engulfed by the sinkhole as it suddenly widens.

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According to state media, the sinkhole stretched nearly 32 feet in diameter.

It is unclear how many people were inside the bus at the time of the incident.

Sinkholes in China are often blamed on construction works and the rapid pace of development in the country.

In 2018, 4 people were killed after a sinkhole opened up on a busy pavement in the city of Dazhou, south-west China.

Five years before, a similar incident killed five people at an industrial estate in the southern city of Shenzhen.