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German town evacuated as authorities work to defuse WWII bomb

The British bomb was found last week alongside a 275 pound bomb dropped there by US forces during WWII, after Rhine’s water level fell due to lack of rain.

The city of Koblenz lies beside the Rhine river where the WWII era bomb has been discovered
The city of Koblenz lies beside the Rhine river where the WWII era bomb has been discovered
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OFFICIALS IN GERMANY’s western city of Koblenz say some 45,000 residents have to be evacuated as officials try to defuse a World War II era bomb discovered in the Rhine river.

City officials said yesterday the massive British 1.8 ton bomb will be defused early today, requiring all residents within a radius of about two kilometres (1.2 miles) from the bomb site to leave their homes for the day.

Officials say seven nursing homes, two hospitals and a prison are also being evacuated. Train and road traffic in the area, some 130 kilometres northwest of Frankfurt, will come to a halt.

The British bomb was found last week alongside a 275 pound bomb dropped there by US forces during WWII, after Rhine’s water level fell due to lack of rain.

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