Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- The city of Koblenz is preparing to move 45,000 people from their homes on Dec. 4 in the biggest evacuation undertaken in Germany to disarm a World War II bomb, Deutsche Presse Agentur reported, citing a spokesman for the German Red Cross.
The town, situated on the River Rhine, began transporting the first patients from hospitals yesterday, DPA said. About 2,500 rescue and security forces will be on hand to manage the evacuation as authorities prepare to deactivate the 1.8-ton bomb discovered in the Rhine, the news service said.
The forces have begun constructing a provisional dam to drain the water around the bomb as well as a smaller U.S. device and a smoke bomb, DPA said.
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