Video catches Taipei man being killed by sinkhole during typhoon

By David Edwards
Thursday, August 2, 2012 11:47 EDT
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Sinkhole kills man in Taipei, Taiwan
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Cameras in Taipei caught remarkable footage of the moment a deadly sinkhole opened and swallowed a man.

The man was walking on a sidewalk outside the Temple of Sansha when the ground suddenly collapsed beneath him, according to CNN. Rescuers tried, but were not able to reach the man in time to save his life. His body was recovered hours later.

The sinkhole was thought to be caused by slow-moving Typhoon Saola, which has been pounding the island with rain for several days. At least five have died in Taiwan since the typhoon hit. Another 23 also died in the Philippines.

Saola has been downgraded to a tropical storm and is now making its way to China’s mainland.

Watch this video from CNN, broadcast Aug. 2, 2012.

(h/t: The New York Daily News)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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