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Terrifying moment huge sinkhole opens up on a street in China, swallowing 21 cars

A massive sinkhole has swallowed 21 cars in south-western China after the pavement of a street suddenly gave way.

Authorities said no one was hurt in the incident, which occurred just past midnight on Wednesday in Sichuan Province. 

Around 500 square metres (5,380 square feet) of the road collapsed, according to state media. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Footage released by the provincial TV station SCTV shows parked vehicles disappearing in the sinkhole after the road suddenly gave way. 

The incident took place outside a shopping mall on the Cuibai Avenue in Yibin, a city of around 5.5million people, according to an official statement. 

Rescuers were sent to look for potential victims overnight, and no one was found to be injured as a result of the collapse, the notice added.  

Experts have examined the ground near the site of the incident and deemed it safe to be used by residents and traffic, reported Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. 

Relevant utility providers have taken actions to prevent secondary disasters, according to CCTV.

A video released by the state TV shows cars being lifted out of the crater filled with muddy water.

Authorities said they were carrying out further investigations into the cause of the matter.

The province of Sichuan has been battered by torrential downpours this month.

Floodwater reached the toes of the famous Leshan Giant Buddha near Yibin on Wednesday for the first time in 70 years.

Flooding caused by unusually heavy seasonal rains has left more than 200 people dead or missing in China this year and caused 25 billion dollars worth of damage, authorities said last week. 

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