BREAKING: 50,000 EVACUATED After 5 BOMBS Discovered

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GERMANY: At least 50,000 people are being evacuated from the city of Hannover after five un-exploded World War II bombs were discovered.

Residents and businesses are being told to turn the electricity, gas and water before they evacuate.

This is one of the biggest post-war operations to diffuse devices, mostly dropped in aerial attacks by Allied forces, The Sun reports.

Bomb disposal expert Chris Hunter described the find as “quite a significant incident”, telling Sky News: “We don’t tend to see five at once.”

Among the people moving out of a densely populated area are elderly residents of retirement and nursing homes. Transport throughout the city is also being disrupted.

For those affected, authorities have laid on a range of sports, cultural and leisure activities, including trips to museums and film screenings.

Mr Hunter explained that a property boom and construction work are among the reasons for an increase in the discovery of WWII bombs, as well as people spending more time outdoors as the weather gets warmer.

He said that high-explosives lying dormant for years, on devices that often have booby-trap mechanisms, can be ready to detonate any second.

“It’s inherently dangerous,” he said.

More than 70 years after the end of the war, unexploded bombs are regularly found buried on German land, a legacy of the intense air campaigns by allied forces against Nazi Germany.

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On October 9, 1943, some 261,000 bombs were dropped on Hanover and surrounding areas.

The evacuation of Hannover is the biggest of its type since Christmas, when an unexploded British bomb forced 54,000 people out of the southern city of Augsberg.

Source- AFF

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