04 Dec '11, 11am

45,000 in Germany to evacuate as WWII bomb defused

45,000 in Germany to evacuate as WWII bomb defused

Firefighters and police look at a 1.8 tonne WWII bomb in River Rhine near Koblenz on Saturday Dec 3, 2011. The bomb was discovered in the Rhine after its water levels fell significantly amid a prolonged lack of rain. -- PHOTO: AP BERLIN (AP) - Officials in the western German city of Koblenz say tens of thousands of residents have left their homes as experts prepare to defuse a massive World War II-era bomb discovered in the Rhine river. City officials said Sunday that some 45,000 residents living within a radius of about 2km from the bomb site had to evacuate for the day. It was one of Germany's biggest bomb-related evacuations since the war ended. The British 1.8 tonne bomb could cause massive damage if it exploded. It was found last week alongside a 125kg United States bomb after the Rhine's water level fell due to lack of rain. Both bombs are to be defused. Please enabl...

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