Dutch news in brief, 28 August 2006

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Egmond orders sandbags , The coastal town of Egmond aan Zee in Noord Holland Province has turned to a tried and tested method to guard against flooding. Bergen Municipality, which is responsible for Egmond, has ordered 1,000 sandbags. Residents of Egmond aan Zee have twice experienced flooding due to the heavy rainfall of recent weeks. Two water pumps have been placed on Voorstraat after it was covered in 40 centimetres of water.

Egmond orders sandbags

The coastal town of Egmond aan Zee in Noord Holland Province has turned to a tried and tested method to guard against flooding. Bergen Municipality, which is responsible for Egmond, has ordered 1,000 sandbags. Residents of Egmond aan Zee have twice experienced flooding due to the heavy rainfall of recent weeks. Two water pumps have been placed on Voorstraat after it was covered in 40 centimetres of water.

Dutch buy more fresh fruit

Dutch people are eating more fruit. Raspberries, berries and mangoes are particularly popular, the production board for market gardening said on Monday. Households have bought 4 percent more fruit than the year before despite the fact prices are higher. Dutch families bought on average 49 kilos fresh fruit in the first six months of this year compared with 47 kilos the year before.

Police admit mistakes over bogus terrorist

Police in Flevoland have conceded the national terrorist office (NCTb) should have been contacted as soon as officers started chasing a suspected suicide bomber at the Lowlands music festival in Biddinghuizen at the weekend. A spokesperson admitted police hesitated because they did not know how serious the case. It turned out the 'suicide bomber', dressed in a white robe and wearing a bogus bomb belt, was promoting an event by the Expornstar organisation. He fled from the police in a stolen car but was apprehended later.

Van Geel dismisses asbestos allegation

Junior Minister Pieter van Geel has denied an allegation by Greenpeace that he knowingly issued the wrong permit to send the ship Otapan to Turkey for scrapping. The permit stated the ship contained one tonne of asbestos while in reality there were 54 tonnes on board. Turkey is declining to accept the ship. Van Geel travelled there on Monday in a bid to resolve the situation. 

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