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WWII bomb found as waters recede in drought-stricken Italian river.

In this view unexploded bombs from the Second World War are seen on dry waters in the Po river in the province of Mantua on August 4, 2022 in Borgoforte, Italy.
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In this view unexploded bombs from the Second World War are seen on dry waters in the Po river in the province of Mantua on August 4, 2022 in Borgoforte, Italy.

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Heatwaves sweeping Europe this summer have brought not just record high temperatures and scorched fields: the drought-stricken waters of Italy’s River Po are running so low they revealed a previously submerged World War Two bomb.

Military experts defused and carried out a controlled explosion on Sunday of the 1,000-pound (nearly 500-kilogram) bomb, which was discovered on July 25 near the northern village of Borgo Virgilio, close to the city of Mantua.

“The bomb was found by fishermen on the bank of the River Po due to a decrease in water levels caused by drought,” Colonel Marco Nasi said.

It was no easy task to clear the bomb.

About 3,000 people living nearby were evacuated for the disposal operation, the army said. The area’s airspace was shut down, and navigation along that stretch of the waterway, as well as traffic on a railway line and state road close by, were halted.

“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, adding that if people had refused to go, operations would have been halted.

Bomb disposal engineers removed the fuse from the U.S.-manufactured device, which the army said contained 530 pounds (almost 250 kilograms) of explosives.

Then the bomb squad, escorted by police, transferred the device to a quarry in Medole municipality about 50 kilometres away, where it was destroyed.

Italy declared a state of emergency last month for areas surrounding the Po, which is the country’s longest river. It accounts for roughly a third of Italy’s agricultural production and is suffering its worst drought in 70 years.

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