Harbin in Heilongjiang province, China. 16th August 2012

Two people were killed and a baby girl was rescued from a gaping sinkhole on Tuesday after an urban road suddenly collapsed in China’s northeast.

According to the Chinese news agency Xinhua News, a section of a road in the city of Harbin in Heilongjiang province caved in without warning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

china pit
(Photo credit: NTD-TV)


The Chinese website Stockstar.com reports that four people fell into the sinkhole, which was about 33 feet (10 meters) deep. One of them was a 14-month-old baby girl who was seen in the arms of her aunt just moments before the collapse, Stockstar writes.

Rescue workers soon arrived at the scene and used a drainpipe to enter the hole. They told Chinese news agency Shangdu News that because a network of pipes and cables was affected by the collapse, the rescue was fraught with difficulty.

However, after several hours, rescuers were able to pull the baby girl and another person to safety. Incredibly, NTD-TV reports that the child suffered only “minor scratches.”

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