Amsterdam hospital evacuated after pipe burst flood

8th September 2015, Comments 0 comments

Hundreds of patients at one of Amsterdam's largest hospitals were evacuated on Tuesday after a water main ruptured and flooded the building, the hospital said.

"A major water main burst this morning with huge consequences for VUMC," the Free University Medical Centre, a teaching hospital, said in an online statement.

"Crucial and infrastructural assets are affected and steam, warm water and heat supply is unstable, resulting in the decision to close the hospital's nursing section," the VUMC said.

A major street in front of the hospital was closed and footage shown by the public news broadcaster NOS showed a partially collapsed road.

"We don't know how long it will take (to fix the problem) so we've decided to move patients to other hospitals," VUMC said.

The hospital's evacuation started at around 1100 GMT and included 12 newborn babies and five heart patients, the NOS said.

Evacuation was slowed down by broken-down elevators and many of the patients had to be carried down the stairs, the NOS added.

VUMC official Wouter Bos said he hoped clearing the up to 500 patients would be completed by midnight Tuesday.

At least 30 ambulances were on stand-by to take patients to other hospitals around Amsterdam.

© 2015 AFP

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