Date
11 December 2017
Hong Kong's Causeway Bay district was the scene of a freak land subsidence incident on Monday. Authorities later filled up the hole with concrete. Photos: RTHK
Hong Kong's Causeway Bay district was the scene of a freak land subsidence incident on Monday. Authorities later filled up the hole with concrete. Photos: RTHK

Man falls into 3.8-meter deep hole as ground caves in

A man was injured due to ground subsidence at a busy street in Causeway Bay district Monday morning, RTHK reported.

As the ground suddenly caved in, the man fell into a 3.8-meter-deep hole on Jardine Street opposite the Prosperous Commercial Building at around 9 am, the report said.

The man, said to be 51 years in age, suffered injuries to his head and back. He was rescued by firemen and is now said to be in stable condition after being sent to Queen Mary Hospital.

The police blocked entry to the street and evacuated around 130 people from a nearby building and construction site, the report said.

The Buildings Department, Water Supplies Department and Highways Department arrived at the scene for inspection. The inspected building was deemed to have “no structural danger” and the entry ban was lifted by noon.

The Geotechnical Engineering Office staff arrived at 3 pm and had concrete injected into the hole to fill it up, the report said.

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