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In pictures: Brazil metro collapse

Collapsed underground station structure in Sao Paulo, Brazil

The walls of a huge hole being excavated for a new underground station in Brazil's city of Sao Paulo have collapsed, creating an enormous crater.

Collapsed underground station structure in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Eight people are reported missing after a minibus fell into the 30m (100ft) deep hole when the ground gave way.

Collapsed underground station structure in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Emergency services are at the scene, but fears of a further collapse are hampering rescue efforts.

Collapsed underground station structure in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Lorries being used on site also fell into the 60-metre (200ft) diameter hole.

Collapsed underground station structure in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Conflicting eyewitness reports cite an explosion before the landslide, others say the structure simply gave way - an inquiry is under way.




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