Monday, May 8, 2017

World War II bombs in Hanover, Germany, lead to evacuations of thousands

Over 50,000 people are going to be evacuated Sunday from the German city of Hanover, as a bomb disposal teams are working to defuse unexploded World War II bombs. The number of people that this affects is about one-tenth of the city's population. Two suspected bombs were found during pre-construction work in the Vahrenwald district and three more suspected sites were found nearby using aerial images. The evacuation starts at 9 am and it will likely take several hours to ensure all residents are out of the affected area, and many might not be able to return to their homes until Monday. Hanover, in World War II, was the target of extensive bombing from the Allied forces in 1943 and the bombings that occurred on October 8-9 demolished hundreds of thousands of homes in the city.

--Jessie Birchall

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