Officials inspecting WWII bomb
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Koblenz evacuated for WWII bomb removal from Rhine

Officials in the western German city of Koblenz are evacuating about 45,000 people as work begins to defuse a World War II bomb found in the River Rhine.

The 1.8 tonne bomb - dropped by the Royal Air Force (RAF) - was uncovered after water levels in the Rhine fell significantly as a result of a prolonged dry spell.

Everyone living within a 2km (1.25 mile) radius of the bomb site has been ordered to leave the area.

Experts will defuse the bomb on Sunday. Philip Hayton reports.

  • 04 Dec 2011
  • From the section Europe