Sinkhole swallowed seven houses

 
Sinkhole swallowed seven houses
Residents of the Ukrainian village Soltvino, calls for assistance from the government after a sinkhole swallowed seven houses.

The sinkhole is 100 meters wide and 60 meters deep.

The cause of the sinkhole is that there are salt mines in the area, made 220 years ago. After the mines closed, they have taken in water. This again leads to the rock formations under villages dissolves.

There are several sinkhole in the area and residents now require that the government take action to prevent that more houses disappear.

- At first we thought it was only one sinkhole and that this would be stopped. Now it is clear that the whole region will sink eventually, says Ivan Prokop.

Local authorities say that 24 families have already been moved. But 130 families refuse to move. They say that the drinking water in the area they will be moved to, is contaminated and that they therefore are reluctant.

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