Authorities in Brazil said 84 prisoners have escaped from a maximum security prison in the northeast of the country.

Authorities said the jailbreak was the largest in the state's history.

Police say the inmates escaped Saturday from a facility in Joao Pessoa, in Paraiba state, through a 50 meter-long tunnel they dug under the prison.

Police said at least one prisoner has been captured and that a manhunt for the others was continuing.