World War II bombs prompt evacuation in Hanover

Hanover during WWII (Getty)
Hanover during WWII (Getty)

Fifty thousand people are being evacuated from the German city of Hanover in one of the largest bomb disposal missions since the Second World War.

Thirteen unexploded ordnances from the 1940s are being removed, and police are clearing a hospital, seven care homes and a tyre factory.

The allies dropped around 260,000 bombs on the city in a single day during the latter years of the war.

The evacuation affects around 10 percent of the city's population.

Museums, pools, cinemas and other city attractions have opened their doors for free to keep people occupied while they're away from home, reports Al Jazeera.