Tuesday 26 September 2017

Residents evacuated in two German cities ahead of wartime bomb disposals

Emergency services staff evacuate patients from the Bruederkrankenhaus hospital in Koblenz, ahead of the bomb disposal operation (AP)
Emergency services staff evacuate patients from the Bruederkrankenhaus hospital in Koblenz, ahead of the bomb disposal operation (AP)

Residents in two German cities are evacuating their homes as authorities prepare to dispose of Second World War-era bombs found during construction work this week.

About 21,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes and workplaces in the western city of Koblenz as a precaution before specialists attempt to defuse the 1,100lb US bomb on Saturday afternoon.

Among those moved to safety are prison inmates and hospital patients.

Officials in the financial capital Frankfurt, meanwhile, are carrying out what is described as Germany's biggest evacuation, though similar operations are common even 72 years after the war ended.

More than 60,000 people have been ordered to leave a one mile radius around the site where the 1.8 tonne British bomb will be disposed of on Sunday.

Press Association

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