Storm damages bill set to hit EUR 25 million
19 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The storm that raged across the Netherlands on Saturday caused damage amounting to between EUR 20 and 25 million and injured 19 people.
19 July 2004
AMSTERDAM — The storm that raged across the Netherlands on Saturday caused damage amounting to between EUR 20 and 25 million and injured 19 people.
Thunderstorms, strong wind gusts and heavy rains swept across the country from about 5pm and injuries were reported in The Hague and the Limburg towns of Horst aan de Maas and Eijsden.
Weather bureau KNMI issued a weather warning late Saturday afternoon. The storm hit the southern Dutch province Zeeland shortly afterwards and moved across almost all of the Netherlands in a northerly direction, leaving a trail of damage behind it.
Insurance company Interpolis estimated on Monday a minimum damage figure of EUR 4.5 million based on 2,000 claims, but said it expected that figure would rise, news agency ANP reported.
Most damages claims originated from the south of the country and involved minor damage to homes and cars, felled tree branches and lightning damage. Four large bills were submitted from the agricultural sector.
Interpolis said based on its market share, the total damage bill for the Netherlands would amount to between EUR 20 and 25 million.
Two people were injured at the Noorderstrand in The Hague, while three people were slightly injured when the roof of a Center Parcs restaurant partially collapsed at about 8pm.
In many places, 20 to 30mm of rain fell during Saturday's storm, bringing the July total to 150mm in the first 18 days of the month. Normally, there is just 60 to 70mm of rain recorded in the summer month.
KNMI expects that the total amount of rain will increase, issuing forecasts of rain for Tuesday and the rest of this week, newspaper De Telegraaf reported. The record is 192mm of rain recorded in 1994.
Meanwhile, in Zeeland, the emergency 112 number was inundated with calls relating to fallen tree branches, tents that were blown away and boats that encountered problems on Saturday. Hundreds of reports of flooded cellars and homes were recorded in Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
Train travel was also disrupted by the storm as five trains came to a standstill in various parts of the country after being struck by lightning. They were hauled away by other trains.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news