Young mother and her newborn flee before giant sinkhole swallows their home (video)By Mason White 11:06 AM April 9, 2014
|Tatarnikov’s house swallowed by sinkhole|
By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) A young woman watched in horror as her house fell into a giant sinkhole, and it was all caught on video.
The young mother grabbed her newborn baby and fled from the home moments before it disappeared into the sinkhole.
Anastasia Tatarnikov, 28, thought she was feeling an earthquake when her house began to shake.
According to emergency officials, the massive sinkhole had appeared as a result of mining work in the city of Ridder in eastern Kazakhstan.
A total of 120 homes have been listed as at risk, and 480 people have been evacuated. Several houses including the one Tatarnikova lived in have completely disappeared into the hole.
“I was watching television when lights started flickering. I opened the door and saw a mass grave appear on the ground,” Tatarnikova said.
She ran back into the house, grabbed her son Kiril out of his crib and ran out of the house. Moments later, the whole house disappeared into the hole.
Tatarnikova is still in shock as she lost everything she had, including hospital records, photos of her son’s birth, toys and clothes.
She said that local authorities had promised to help relocate people and help pay for their loss, but so far, she has not received anything. Tatarnikova and her newborn son are still homeless.