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19 Dec 2018 | 07:41 PM UTC

Indonesia: Large sinkhole blocks downtown road in Surabaya December 18

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Large sinkhole blocks all four lanes on major road in downtown Surabaya on December 18; localized traffic disruptions expected for coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/19/2018, 12:00 AM until 1/15/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Jakarta). COUNTRY/REGION Surabaya

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A large sinkhole appeared on a major road in downtown Surabaya (East Java province) on Tuesday evening (local time), December 18, resulting in significant traffic disruptions. The hole, which measures 30 m (100 ft) wide and 15 m (49 ft) deep, caused the collapse of all four lanes of Jalan Raya Gubeng. According to local authorities, the sinkhole was a result of construction on an underground parking garage at Siloam Hospital. Police have cordoned off the area and established detours, though commuters are reportedly experiencing significant traffic delays. Further localized disruptions are expected in the coming days and weeks.


Surabaya is Indonesia's second-largest city with a population of 3 million people and a total of 10 million in the greater metropolitan area.


Individuals in Surabaya are advised to monitor updates to the situation and anticipate traffic delays and disruptions in the coming days and weeks.


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