Hundreds call Schiphol fire hotline
28 October 2005, AMSTERDAM - The hotline set up following the Schiphol fire disaster has received 1,500 requests to track down victims since it was activated.
28 October 2005
AMSTERDAM - The hotline set up following the Schiphol fire disaster has received 1,500 requests to track down victims since it was activated.
Around 400 people made calls on Friday morning, according to a spokesman of Postbus 51 which, together with the Dutch Red Cross, manages the line.
On Thursday night 42 calls came in and during the day Thursday 950 calls were made.
The Red Cross has received a total of 400 requests by family and friends to track down victims of the fire. A spokeswoman from the Red Cross said, ‘If we have a match we can immediately say where they are located and what the visiting hours are’.
The Red Cross has been able to give callers favourable news about family and friends in 100 cases.
The organisation has information only about the detainees transferred to other locations and those not wounded during the fire.
If the Red Cross cannot find someone the Department of Justice takes over the case.
The Schiphol fire disaster hotline is: 0800-1351.
[Copyright Expatica news + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news