Dutch MP wants major water-defences plan
The major water-defences initiative will protect the Netherlands against rising sea levels over the next century.3 June 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - The parliamentary leader of the Christian Democrats, Pieter van Geel, says the Netherlands should launch a major water-defences initiative.
This would resemble the famous Delta Plan which was drawn up in the wake of the disastrous floods of 1953. The new project would protect the Netherlands against rising sea levels over the next century.
On Friday, the government warned that, although a major flood remained most unlikely, the consequences if one took place would be catastrophic.
Van Geel says while enough measures have been taken to protect the country in the short term, more thoughts must be given to long term measures and carrying out major work on national water defences.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]