Fewer casualties during Dutch carnival celebrations

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In the south of the Netherlands it is Mad Tuesday, the last day of carnival. In spite of one death when a man was run over after a fall from one of the floats and a seriously injured woman following a fall from a balcony, Dutch media report there have been fewer casualties than usual this year.

In the provinces of Gelderland, North Brabant and Limburg it was relatively quiet for the emergency services. During the carnival festivities, revellers traditionally dress up to celebrate before the start of the fasting period leading up to Easter in the mainly Catholic south. The partying is usually accompanied by lavish amounts of alcohol.

The academic hospital in Maastricht reported more patients than normal on Saturday night. Four or five people were brought in with alcohol poisoning. A number of people were treated for cuts and bruises following fights. In Thorn firemen had to cut one man free who had accidently landed on a pointed metal garden fence. Other hospitals report a slight rise in minor injuries during the festivities at the weekend.


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