Sinkhole swallows cars at Italian hospital treating coronavirus patients
A giant sinkhole opened in the car park of a hospital in Naples, Italy, forcing the temporary closure of a nearby residence for recovering Covid-19 patients because the electricity was cut.
Operations were not affected at the Hospital of the Sea, and firefighters said it did not appear anyone was injured.
The sinkhole consumed a few cars in the hospital's otherwise empty visitors' car park.
The local hospital district said the 66 feet deep, 2,000-square-metre sinkhole opened at dawn.
Chief firefighter Commander Ennio Aquilino told Italian television channel SkyTG 24 the implosion could have been caused by an infiltration of water underground as a result of recent heavy rains.
News reports quoted the regional governor as saying the Covid-19 residence would reopen within days after electricity and water service were restored.
Both were also interrupted at the hospital, but backup systems allowed care to continue.