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Eight people have died and three remain missing in southern China after a massive sinkhole yesterday swallowed a major road in the middle of a city.

在中国南部某市的中心地区,一个巨大的沉洞吞没了一条主干道,造成8人死亡,3人失踪。

The eight-lane road caved in after a water leak occurred on the construction site of a subway station in Foshan a city of seven million people authorities said Thursday.

周四,据权威机构称,这条八车道道路的塌陷发生在佛山一地铁站的施工工地漏水之后,佛山是一个拥有七百万人口的城市。

Nine people were rescued from the sinkhole which is said to be as big as two basketball courts. The condition of the survivors are reportedly stable. 

9人从中被救出,据说该沉洞有两个篮球场之大。报道称幸存者目前状况稳定。

A sinkhole measuring about 30 metres (100 feet) wide and six metres (19 feet) deep appeared in Foshan China yesterday

The accident was caused by a water leak on the construction site of a subway station in the city of seven million residents

The accident took place near the No.1 Ring Road Bridge on Jihua Xi Road above the construction site of Foshan's Subway Line 2 according to China Central Television Station.

据中国中央电视台报道,这起事故发生在季华西路一环公路大桥附近,位于佛山地铁二号线施工工地的上方。

The report said the collapsed area was as large as two basketball courts with a depth of five to six metres (16 to 19 feet). The report also showed an aerial video of the affected site. 

报道称塌陷处有两个篮球场大小,深达5到6米(16至19英尺)。报道中还展示了受影响区域的航拍视频。

Pictures of the scene showed a huge swathe of mud and broken concrete in the middle of the two-way thoroughfare in the city's Changcheng district. 

现场图片显示,在该市禅城区一双向大道的中间,有一片混合着污泥和混凝土碎块的带状区域。

The sinkhole is the size of two basketball courts and swallowed the two-way thoroughfare in the city's Changcheng district

The sudden leak flooded the underground site and caused a 30-metre-long (100-foot-long) stretch of the road to collapse at around 8:40pm local time the city government said in a statement today on Weibo the Chinese equivalent to Twitter.

今日,该市政府在中国版推特——微博上发布声明,当地时间晚上8:40左右,突发的漏水淹没了地下工地,造成该条道路长达30米(100英尺)的塌陷。

The statement said an initial leak was detected by the construction workers at around 7pm but the workers failed to control the situation. 

声明中提到,当晚7点左右,最初的漏水被建筑工人们发现,但是他们没能控制住形势。

It was unclear whether the dead and missing were all construction workers. 

目前还不清楚死者和失踪人员是否都是建筑工人。

Rescue works is underway for the three missing. The authorities are investigating the details of the accident. 

寻找3名失踪人员的救援工作正在进行中。官方正在调查事故细节。

Nine people were rescued from the underground construction site and hospitalised. Their condition is reportedly stable

The city government said a specialised team had been dispatched to closely monitor the road after it collapsed yesterday

Industrial accidents are common in China where safety regulations are often poorly enforced which has angered citizens.

中国的安全法规执行力度低,工业事故在这里很常见,这引起了公民的愤怒。

Official figures show 38000 people were killed in workplace accidents in 2017.

官方数据表明,2017年3万8千人死于工作场所。

Last May 12 workers died following an explosion in a high-speed rail tunnel construction site in the southwest province of Guizhou.

去年五月,位于中国西南部贵州省的一处高速公路隧道施工现场发生爆炸,造成12名工人死亡。