Authorities said that a huge sewage pit was opened in southern Italy on Friday, swallowing at least three cars and briefly cutting off the power to nearby hospitals.
Officials said that neighbourhood houses were evacuated, including a recovering Covid-19 patient, but the crater in Naples did not appear to cause harm.
The authorities said that the Covid-19 residence accommodated six patients and they have moved.
The cesspool opens under the empty visitor parking lot of the Ocean Hospital. Electricity and water services were briefly interrupted, but the backup system allowed operations to continue.
“Frankly, we are also worried about the closure of all public utilities and the possible threats to the activities of hospitals,” said regional governor Vincenzo De Luca.
“Thank God, this did not happen. We had a power outage, but the power was restored, and now we have no problems with nursing.”
The 21,527 square foot hole is about 66 feet deep.
Chief firefighter Cmdr said: “It is almost certain that the rain in recent days caused leakage and caused the collapse.” Ennio Aquilino told Sky News. “There will be further technical checks, but the main assumption is this.”
Associated Press Contributed.