Sinkholes are becoming a very real threat, experts have warned, as the recent deluge has left Britain in a sodden, soggy mess. A number of giant chasms have already appeared across the country leading to travel chaos and homes being put under threat and experts have warned this number could grow. If the wet weather continues, it is expected that the ground will become more unstable but even when our British weather returns to normality sinkholes are expected to appear as the underlying rock dries out. Already the UK has been hit by a unprecedented number of giant holes. Usually, Britain experiences around 20 sinkholes a year in urban areas but the latest bout of bad weather brings the number reported in urban areas to five in the last month alone. Read more >>
The cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail shows a flooded housing estate. One of the houses has disappeared down a sinkhole, and its owners are swirling round the hole in the water. A passer-by in a rowing boat comments, "How unlucky can you get? All this and a sinkhole."
The cartoon should be quite easy to understand. The couple whose house has disappeared down the sinkhole are doubly unfortunate - first their house was flooded, and now it's gone completely.
A sinkhole is a large hole in the ground that a river flows into, created over a long period of time by water that has fallen as rain.