Münster (AP) - In Münster (North Rhine-Westphalia) the evacuation of the Mauritz district began in the morning - around 16,000 residents have had to leave their homes since 8 a.m.

In the late morning, a total of five potential duds from the Second World War are to be examined in more detail at three locations.

The experts from the ordnance disposal service should then defuse the possible finds at the same time.

"It is one of the largest evacuation measures in German history," said Mayor Markus Lewe on Sunday morning.

Several emergency shelters were set up.

To protect the population, the city has set up several ocean-going containers filled with water in three places.

They are designed to provide protection from pressure waves in the event the bombs detonate.

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