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    A large part of the Elbe river bed is dried out during a long time of drought in front of the skyline with the Frauenkirche cathedral (Church of Our Lady) in Dresden, Germany, Monday, July 9, 2018.The current water level of the Elbe near Dresden lies at 0,55 meters.

    Record-High Heatwave Dries Rivers, Exposes WWII Mines and Grenades in Germany

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    The summer heat wave in Europe has not only caused suffering for the locals but also revealed another type of problem for those fleeing to rivers in an attempt to cool off. As water levels in German waterways plunge, World War II explosives have been revealed.

    Police in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt have warned locals to be aware of undetonated World War II explosives in rivers, lakes and  ponds which have appeared in the wake of  the heatwave.

    According to the outlet Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, people have been urgently warned to not touch the decaying munitions and quickly report their findings to the police, who will alert the special services that remove or detonate them on site.

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    According to the report, after record-high temperatures in Germany dried out rivers and ponds, dozens of grenades and mines, as well as other munitions and armor have been discovered on the Elbe River in Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony. At the end of July, authorities detonated two anti-tank mines on the Elbe.

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