Young mum flees with son just before home falls into a giant sinkhole (w/video, photos)

Published: April 7, 2014

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A young mum who grabbed her newborn baby and fled after her house started shaking in what she thought was an earthquake rushed outside onto the street seconds before her home vanished into a massive hole.

CEN NEWS

A young mum who grabbed her newborn baby and fled after her house started shaking in what she thought was an earthquake rushed outside onto the street seconds before her home vanished into a massive hole.

According to emergency officials the massive sinkhole had appeared as a result of mining work in the city of Ridder in eastern Kazakhstan.

In total 120 homes have been listed as being at risk and 480 people have been evacuated. Several homes including the home of 28-year-old Anastasia Tatarnikova have completely vanished into the hole.

She said: “I was watching TV and then it started flickering and the lights started swinging. I opened the front door and saw a massive pit appearing in the ground. I ran back into the house and grabbed my son Kiril out of his cot and ran out through the back door. Seconds later the entire house disappeared into the hole.

“I still can’t believe that I have lost everything. I don’t have any of the official paperwork from my passport through to my son’s hospital documents, with his toys and all our clothes. Everything is gone.”

She said local officials had promised to help with rehousing and covering the loss of everything, but so far nothing had happened.

She said: “I am really in shock about the whole thing.”

So far managers of the Kazzinca mining company that runs the nearby LLP Altyn Tau East mine have declined to comment on the disaster. The pit at the moment appears to have stabilised having grown to a width of 70 metres and with a depth of 30 metres.




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