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Six dead as sinkhole opens in China street

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In this image made from CCTV video, a bus plunges into a sinkhole in the center of a downtown street, Monday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Xining, Qinghai province, China. Authorities say the bus plunged through a collapsed section of road in northwestern China, killing a number of people. (CCTV via AP)

Sixteen people were also injured when part of the road and footpath collapsed suddenly into the ground in the city of Xining in Qinghai province on Monday, according to Xinhua.

A video shown by CGTN TV showed a bus crashing into the resulting sinkhole, causing an explosion. The hole was about 10 metres wide, according to that report.

Emergency services were still searching for missing people on Tuesday.

The cause of the accident was not known, but road collapses are common in China.

Last February, 10 people died in the southern Chinese city of Foshan in Guangdong province after a hole appeared in a section of an eight-lane road the size of two basketball courts.

© DPA 2020