Storm damage amounts to EUR 50m
The south-westerly storm that blew across the Netherlands on Saturday night cause an estimated EUR 50 million in damage, insurer Interpolis said. Homes and cars were the most affected. Weather bureau KNMI had issued a weather warning on Saturday and the storm crossed the country in four hours, bringing raining and wind gusts of up to 110-120kmh. Insurers have allocated additional staff to handle damage reports.
PvdA nominates Oudkerk replacement
External candidate Ahmed Aboutaleb will replace Rob Oudkerk as the Labour PvdA Education and Social Affairs Alderman. He will be recommended to the Amsterdam Council on Wednesday. Aboutaleb, 42, is the director of the Amsterdam municipal authority’s MEC social economic and cultural organisation and was previously a director of the multicultural institute Forum. Oudkerk was forced to resign recently over a prostitution scandal.
Police station evacuated in bomb scare
A police station on the Veilingweg in Rotterdam was evacuated at about 8pm on Monday night after a man handed over a tank rocket shell he had found. The man said he found the 40cm by 12cm shell in Rotterdam North. Bomb disposal experts with the EOD later confirmed it was a tank shell without a fuse. The police station was given the all-clear at about 10pm and the bomb was later safely detonated.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news