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This is the moment half of a multi-lane road disappears down a construction pit hours after workers discovered cracks forming underneath it.
Footage from the city of Nanning, capital of China’s southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, shows the construction site’s retaining wall giving way on 8th June.
It happened at 6pm local time, just six hours after workmen noticed cracks emerging on the surface of eight-lane Dongge Road, which has four lanes going in either direction.
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By 2pm, construction was halted and personnel were evacuated from the pit, where the foundations of a multi-storey building were still being laid.
Footage taken from a nearby tower block shows half of Dongge Road then collapsing and tonnes of earth pouring into the excavated land.
Officials said no one was injured during the accident, which affected a road section 60 metres (196 feet) long and 15 metres (50 feet) wide.
According to reports, minor cracks in the road surface had been discovered a week earlier, but they were not serious enough for work to be stopped.
Authorities have sealed off the west-to-east section of Dongge Road and are working to reconstruct the retaining wall, which they say had been warped due to erosion caused by a leaking pipe.
Heavy congestion has already been reported in the area, with traffic having been diverted away from the thoroughfare.
Officials did not reveal who the construction site belongs to whether the owners would be held liable for the incident.
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