Germany: Thousands evacuated over unexploded WWII bombs in Dortmund

Up to 14,000 residents of the Klinikviertel (Clinic quarter in English) in the German city of Dortmund were evacuated on Sunday, as bomb disposal teams prepare to find and disarm four WWII-era bombs. Police officers erected fences where the evacuation was due to take place, with firefighters and police ringing doorbells in various buildings to ensure people have vacated their homes. «We are here... Еще in the clinic district, in the mid-south part of the city. We are present with letters from the regulatory office to check if the people in the evacuation zone have left their area», explained firefighter Andre Lueddecke. The disposal of the suspected bombs is set to begin once the evacuation of the area is complete. Bus traffic has been suspended in the area, and patients from the hospitals and the elderly in nearby retirement homes were sent to special designated buildings. Checks for unexploded ordnance are typical prior to construction projects in Germany.

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