Unexploded Bomb From World War II Discovered On River Po’s Drying Banks Amid Italy’s Worst Drought in 70 Years (VIDEO) – The Weather Channel

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Although World War II formally concluded in 1945, it continues to haunt Europe in some form or the other even today. And if you think the trauma scars exist merely in the form of folklores and archaeological ruins, you’re in for a surprise.

Out of the 2.7 million tons of bombs dropped all across Europe during the war, some never detonated. Instead, they remained buried in rubble or entombed in concrete during wartime, as if intent on never letting Europe’s curse break free!

In recent years, such bombs have been excavated and thankfully defused safely. But many such unexploded bombs remain hidden, continuing to pose a genuine threat to life in Europe.

One such bomb was recently found in Italy, thanks to a heatwave-triggered drought that has been plaguing the country. Due to the dwindling water levels of River Po, a fisherman spotted a 450kg unexploded bomb that was later realised to be exactly as old as World War II.

Safe disposal of the US-made bomb was no easy task. The army had to first convince some 3,000 people residing near this part of the river to evacuate, then shut down the area’s airspace, navigate the stretch of the waterway, and finally halt the traffic on a railway line and state road.

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“At first, some of the inhabitants said they would not move, but in the last few days, we think we have persuaded everyone,” said Borgo Virgilio’s mayor, Francesco Aporti.

After days of hard and risky work, the bomb squad was able to transfer the explosive to a quarry in Medole municipality, about 45 kilometres away from Virgilio, where it was finally detonated.

Areas surrounding Po, which is the country’s longest river, have been suffering from the worst drought in 70 years! As a result, the receding river has also exposed sunken ships and archeological treasures that have remained submerged for decades.

Po accounts for roughly a third of Italy’s agricultural production, and drought-like conditions led to Italy declaring a state of emergency in several northern regions surrounding the river last month.

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