Man Falling Into Huge Sink Hole Captured On Surveillance Camera
A video showing a man sliding to his death in a sinkhole in the city of Shenzhen, a few kilometres north of Hong Kong, has been posted online.
CCTV footage shows 25-year-old security guard Yang Jiabin walking on a pavement holding an umbrella in the city’s Futian District before the ground opens under his feet.
Yang disappears into the hole, which reportedly measured five metres in diameter and 16 metres in depth.
Police arrive at the scene but Yang is, according to reports published later, already dead by this point.
The collapse might have been caused by heavy rains and the collapse of old water pipes running beneath the surface, Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reported.
A building for the newspaper’s parent company, Shenzhen Press Group, is being built just two metres away from the sink hole.
Local residents have repeatedly complained about tremors caused by the construction works, South China Morning Post reported.
Following the incident many people living in surrounding buildings left their houses worried about a possible new collapse.
Shenzhen, in the Guangdong Province, is home to more than 10 million people.
Guangdong is not new to massive sink holes. In the province capital, Guangzhou, several buildings were swollowed up by a sink hole measuring 300 sq m in width (3229 sq ft) in January.
No one was injured but power was cut to about 3,000 residential units.
Poor development plans exposed by China’s rocketing real estate sector have been tipped as one of the causes of the increasing number of sinkholes reported in China.
According to Business Insider almost 100 collapses were reported in Beijing alone between July and August last year.