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Dangerous sinkhole appears in Ho Chi Minh City

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 12:51 GMT+7
Dangerous sinkhole appears in Ho Chi Minh City
Workers fix a sinkhole on Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, April 16, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A massive sinkhole suddenly appeared on Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday and further deepened on the following days. 

The sinkhole, about 0.5 meter deep, opened up in front of the multi-purpose gym center of District 7 at 506 Huynh Tan Phat Street on Thursday.

Although the local residents placed tree branches before the hole for warning of danger, at least two cases of motorcyclists failed to avoid it.

By Friday morning, the sinkhole had expanded to about two meters long and deepened to nearly two meters, with several cracks surrounded, posing high risks of traffic accidents.

A water pipe with a diameter of about 40 centimeters in the hole was also continuously spraying leaked water.

Authorities have fenced the sinking area to ensure safety for pedestrians and commuters while fixing the water leak.

A pump sucks water out of a sinkhole on Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, April 16, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre
A pump sucks water out of a sinkhole on Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, April 16, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre
Workers and vehicles work at the site of a sinkhole on Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, April 16, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre
Workers and vehicles work at the site of a sinkhole on Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, April 16, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre
Workers fix a sinkhole on Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, April 16, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre
Workers fix a sinkhole on Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, April 16, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

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