Heat waves Cleaning up Europe this summer Not only have they brought record high temperatures and scorched fields: Italy’s drought-stricken Po River has run so low that it has exposed a previously submerged World War II bomb.
A 450-kilogram (1,000-pound) bomb found on July 25 near the northern village of Borgo Virgilio, near the country’s northern city of Mantua, was defused and detonated by military experts on Sunday.
“Fishermen found the bomb on the banks of the Po River when the water level was low due to the drought,” said Colonel Marco Nasi.
Defusing the bomb was not an easy task.
About 3,000 people living nearby were evacuated for an evacuation drive, the army said. The area’s airspace was closed and navigation on that stretch of waterway was halted as well as traffic on nearby railway lines and state roads.
“In the beginning, some residents said they wouldn’t move, but in the last few days, we think we’ve convinced everyone,” said Borgo Virgilio Mayor Francesco Aporti, adding that the operation would have been carried out if people had refused to leave. stalled
Bomb disposal engineers removed the fuse from the US-made device, which the military said contained 240 kg (530 lb) of explosives.
The bomb disposal squad, assisted by the police, then moved the device about 45 km (30 mi) to a quarry in Medole municipality, where it was destroyed.
Italy declared a state of emergency last month For areas around the Po, which is Italy’s longest river. The river accounts for roughly a third of Italy’s agricultural output and is experiencing its worst drought in 70 years.