Koblenz placed on alert after WWII bombs were found in the cityNovember 28th, 2011 - 9:14 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Koblenz, Nov 28 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The entire town of Koblenz has been placed on the red after the discovery of British World War II bombs in the city. Officials have announced that they are making plans to evacuate about half of the residents in the city so that they can get the explosives out safely. They blew up some other smaller explosives on Saturday.
The German town has a population of more than 100,000. Officials say they will have to move about 45,000 people so that they can get the 1.8-tonne British bomb out of the city. This will be the biggest evacuation in the history of the city. The evacuation will affect homes, hospitals, a prison, hotels and schools. The evacuation will be around a radius of 1.8 kilometers.
Officials say the residents will have to move by 9 am local time on Saturday. The bomb squad will move in at around 3pm and expect to defuse the massive bomb in two hours.
The residents will only be allowed back after the bomb has been defused and the area cleared.
Britain’s Royal Air Force dropped the bombs during the Second World War. The explosives failed to go off and they were recently discovered in the Rhine River when the water level went down.
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