More than 45,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in Koblenz, Germany after an unexploded WW2 bomb was found in the Rhine river. The 2km exclusion zone will be in place until the bomb is defused on Sunday.
A lack of rain in recent weeks led to the Rhine’s water level dropping, exposing the 1.8 tonne British bomb as well as a smaller American bomb. Both devices were dropped during the Second World War and failed to explode, but could still cause signficant damage if they went off today.
Efforts to defuse the bomb will take time. The device has been supported with sandbags, but since it is still live, the device poses a genuine threat and it’s impossible to rush the job.