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Ten-year evacuation for village on top of WWII cache

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A Switzerland village could lie empty for 10 years after authorities found a WWII arms stockpile needed to be removed.

A Switzerland village could lie empty for 10 years after authorities found a WWII arms stockpile needed to be removed.

The Swiss defence minister said the village of Mitholz needed to be emptied after it was found last year that the 3500 tonnes of ammo and explosives posed a bigger risk than thought, Euro News reported.

Nine people were killed shortly after the war in 1947 after some of the depot's explosives blew up.

Now, the new operation to remove the rest could take a decade, forcing the 170 residents of the village to find new homes.

"Depending on how the work develops, residents should expect the evacuation to last up to more than 10 years," the ministry said.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/switzerland-village-ww2-explosives-decade-evacuation/325ec100-42e3-4020-82c7-1d6d75018d44

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