Due to a record-breaking draught, massive Nazi warships reappear in Europe
Twenty German battleships packed with explosives have reemerged after a historic drought caused water levels in Europe’s second-longest river to drop to their lowest point in a century.
Battleships from Nazi Germany’s Black Sea Fleet that went missing during World War II were discovered in a portion of the Danube in present-day Serbia.
Over 10,000 pieces of explosive ordnance, many of which are unexploded, are believed to still be on board the ships, causing major concern for nearby shipping, fishermen, and the water supply.
Because of this, the size of the passages through which ships travel has decreased dramatically. The discovery of further unexploded ordnance along the riverbed in the coming days and weeks is another cause for concern.
According to an old local who wrote a book about the German ships and gave an interview to Reuters, “the German flotilla has left behind a big ecological disaster that threatens us, people of Prahovo.”
The river begins its journey in Germany’s Black Forest and ends its journey in the Black Sea on the Romanian shore.
Parts of Europe are going through their worst droughts in more than a century as temperatures throughout the continent hit record highs.
Over thirty million pounds will be needed to pay for the removal of the ships and explosives from the Danube by the Serbian authorities.