Huge landslip swallows cars and destabilises street in Rome

A gigantic 30ft sinkhole has opened up in a Roman neighbourhood, forcing families to flee their homes and swallowing no fewer than six cars in its gaping maw.

The massive collapse happened at around 5:30pm in the city's Baldunia neighbourhood. Nobody was injured, officials say, but 20 households were evacuated to hotels as a precaution against any further collapse.