German city evacuates 45 000 over WWII bomb

2011-12-03 16:39

Berlin - 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 on Saturday the massive British 1.8 ton bomb will be defused early on Sunday, requiring all residents within a radius of about 2 kilometres  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 130km 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.

  • lorenzo.bastiaan - 2011-12-03 17:09


  • Toto - 2011-12-03 17:21

    Unbelievable discovery.

  • Nicholas - 2011-12-03 17:47

    Achtung! Achtung! das bommen go pooffen an breaken headen!!!

      lee.ferreira - 2011-12-03 18:04

      Love your German, so authentic!!

      lee.ferreira - 2011-12-03 18:06

      Nicholas no offence, but that sounded beautiful, although I could have translated it into German for you!

      Karleen - 2011-12-04 14:33

      XClever, clever!! top marks

  • Nicholas - 2011-12-03 18:26

    Achtung!! Danke Lee!! Big poffen costen arm und leggen!!

  • Smell - 2011-12-03 20:36

    I think they should wrap it up in Christmas paper and drop it off from 1,000 feet on the President's mansion in Harare. Ho, Ho, Ho!

      Marc57 - 2011-12-04 07:20

      Terrific Smell!! - now that WOULD be a blast from the past for Bob. Whatever it takes to mess up his dialysis machine and the rest of his life.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-04 04:19

    Oh! It's Rhine still part of Germany.

      Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-04 09:49

      It's serious and I'm asking because I know Rhineland was part of Hitler's foreign policy that led to WWII.

      ronald.stilianou - 2011-12-04 11:56

      the rhine is a river..........

      Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-04 19:36

      Thanks for clarity, I studied in history that there an area call Rhineland which was rich in minerals.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-04 07:44

    I like the Furhrer, unlike today's so called brave leaders he stood up against the best and most of the weapons used by USA today are the improved versions of Hitler's arsenal. Superpowers of today cannot test their power on other superpowers, they target the vulnerables.

      John - 2011-12-04 09:55

      They lost the war boet..... makes you think. And the A..hole committed suicide. So much for bravery.

      Louis - 2011-12-04 10:56

      lyellvanderwalt - & John you two have ben watching and listening to too much allied(British & American) propagnda, get real man, a lot of the JUNK spewed out by these two nations is been challenged by some historians. Did you know there are laws in the EU that prevent historians from questioning thw brit an usa versions, Ernst Zubdel was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment in Germany for raising questions about the alied version. Remember what Julius Ceasar said almost two thousand years ago "Woe to the vanguished" and I thibk it was Winston Churchill that said " The victors always write the history" and "the first casualty of war is truth" so i suggest you start exploring the internet for alternative view.

  • Robert - 2011-12-04 19:33

    Its going to happen this year 2012. Lets hope we dig ourselves of the crap thats comming. The past is the past - Future is what is concerning me. Its a F@#$@#$up.

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