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Extensive Damage After Extreme Weather Hits Netherlands

Netherlands
June, 2007

The exceptionally heavy rain on Thursday night has caused damage around the country, with the Drenthe town of Hoogeveen particularly badly hit.
A spokesman for the national weather bureau (KNMI) said that ‘extremely heavy rain’ was generally defined as 160 mm per hour; Hoogeveen experienced 280 mm per hour. Two people were hurt and the council has set up a crisis team to inventarise the full extent of the damage locally.
South Holland province was also badly affected, with the fire service called out to 250 incidents, mainly flooded streets, tunnels, houses and cellars.
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