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09.03.2012 15:37

Sinkholes a Growing Problem in Urban Areas, Say Experts

Sinkholes are becoming increasingly common hazards in some of China's most populous cities, with experts pointing to poorly planned underground infrastructure as a major cause
By staff reporter Cui Zheng, researcher Takehiro Masutomo and intern reporter Liu Zhiyi
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A 15-meter wide sinkhole appears in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, with a depth of 6 meters


(Beijing) – China's megacities are developing a growing number of sinkholes and experts say a combination of aging water pipe networks and underground infrastructure projects are raising the risk of sinkhole disasters.

On August 14, an 8-year-old girl named Lin Yuetong and a woman named Sun Shuying died after plunging into a 10-meter diameter sinkhole in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province.

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