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WW2 bomb revealed in drought-hit waters of Italys River Po

It had been no easy task to clear the bomb.

About 3,000 people living nearby were evacuated for the disposal operation, the army said. The areas airspace was turn off, and navigation along that stretch of the waterway in addition to traffic on a railway line and state road near by were halted.

Initially, a few of the inhabitants said they might not move, however in the previous few days, we think we’ve persuaded everyone, said Borgo Virgilios mayor, Francesco Aporti, adding that when people had refused to go, operations could have been halted.

Bomb disposal engineers removed the fuse from the U.S.-manufactured device, that your army said contained 530 pounds of explosive.

Then your bomb squad, escorted by police, transferred these devices to a quarry in Medole municipality about 30 miles away, where it had been destroyed.

Italy declared circumstances of emergency last month for areas surrounding the Po, that is the countrys longest river. It makes up about roughly a third of Italys agricultural production and is suffering its worst drought for 70 years.

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