'Hundreds' of homes sinking in Gelderland

8th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

8 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — At least 90 homes have been seriously damaged by subsidence in the city of Zevenaar in the east of the Netherlands.

8 September 2006

AMSTERDAM — At least 90 homes have been seriously damaged by subsidence in the city of Zevenaar in the east of the Netherlands.

The City Council has called in a firm of consulting engineers to carry out a technical examination, local resident Paul Freriks said on Friday.

Freriks, who is also a councillor for the Sociaal Zevenaar Party, estimated that a total of 200 houses, including rented homes, have sunk lower into the ground. Four homes have been propped up to prevent collapse. To date none of the affected buildings in Zevenaar have been evacuated.

"The situation can deteriorate for certainly another six months as the settling of the clay bottom isn't over yet," Freriks said.

Zevenaar, population 31,419, is in Gelderland Province.

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Subject: Dutch news

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