Evacuation of 50,000 people in Germany as five WW2 bombs discovered

Experts in Germany have to defuse five Second World War bombs near Hanover, as 50,000 residents are evacuated from their homes on Sunday. The buildings being emptied include seven care homes and a clinic, although officials hope residents can return home by the evening. Explosives experts are investigating the area around the Vahrenwald in the north of the city to ascertain how many bombs could be buried there.

People simply don’t know that there’s still that many bombs under the ground.

Horst Reinhardt, head of the Brandenburg state Kampfmittelbeseitigungsdienst (KMBD), the organisation responsible for bomb disposal

The operation is the second largest of its kind in Germany and affects almost one-tenth of Hanover’s population. Train travel will be affected in the Hanover area. Thousands of helpers along with bomb disposal experts are assisting in the operation, with hundreds of ambulances ready in case of emergencies.