RESIDENTS from a favela near one of Brazil's World Cup stadiums have been evacuated after a huge sinkhole opened up.

The sinkhole, near a busy road, initially opened up last week after heavy rainfall, and continued to grow.

Partially-collapsed homes are now perched on the edge of the crater in Natal, which is filled with household appliances, furniture and vehicles.

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It is thought around 150 families have been evacuated.

The hole is four miles (6.5km) from the Arena das Dunas stadium, which will host the Group D match between Italy and Uruguay on Tuesday.