At least four people were injured when they fell into a hole after a pavement suddenly collapsed in Harbin, capital of northern China’s Heilongjiang province.
The incident happened near a bus stop on Guxiang Street, one of the busiest parts of the city, at 5:40 p.m. on Aug. 22. It was rush hour when people were returning home from offices.
A part of the pavement about 10 square meters collapsed, swallowing a group of pedestrians, according to a report by mainland website dbw.cn.
One of the victims was able to hang on to an underground pipe, the report said, citing a footage taken by a closed circuit television. The hole is about 1.5 meters deep.
The victims were pulled out by other pedestrians and rushed to the hospital.
The reasons for the floor collapse were still unknown, the report said.
Such accidents are not uncommon in Chinese cities, especially in Harbin, because of many old underground facilities.
In the summer of 2012 summer, nine accidents involving the collapse of floors were reported in a space of 20 days in Harbin, which is famous for skiing facilities.
Local reports said they were caused by seasonal heavy rains.
Lei Haiying, a Chinese geological expert, said in a previous Xinhua report that most floor collapse accidents in the country were caused by poor maintenance of old water pipes, excessive extraction of underground water and infrastructure projects in nearby sites.
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