Srinagar: Greek authorities Saturday began evacuating some 70,000 people in the city of Thessaloniki ahead of an operation to defuse a bomb from World War II, media reports said.
The bomb, as per reports containing nearly 250 kilograms (550 pounds) of explosives, was unearthed in the northern city during road works last.
More than 300 disabled people and bedbound patients were set to be the first evacuated on using 20 ambulances, reports added.
The full evacuation of all residents within a 1.9-kilometre (1.1-mile) radius of the bomb site, affecting three working-class neighbourhoods around west of the city-centre, is due to be completed tomorrow. (Agencies)