It was a man-made disaster and, fortunately, there were no casualties when a road in downtown Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province of China, caved in leaving a huge 30-feet diameter hole in the ground which swallowed up several shops of the area as reported in dailymail.co.uk of dated 298th of January 2013.
The accident took place near the site of a metro building tunnel and a couple of two-storey buildings collapsed followed by a five-storey building as did a number of trees...
Some construction workers had noticed in time that the ground was caving in and had sounded the alarm to evacuate the buildings thus reducing the chance of losing lives.
In its haste to set up bridges and build tunnels, roads and highways to help boost the economy, the country has face several major accidents.
Six major bridges have collapsed in China since July-2012, and in September-2012 a total of 19 construction workers died when a lift fell down 30-floors while an explosion in a coal mine left 29 workers dead.
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