Sunday 18 August 2019

VU hospital evacuation completed after flood

The evacuation of 339 patients from Amsterdam’s VU teaching hospital was completed before midnight on Tuesday, news agency ANP says.

All bed-ridden patients had to be moved to other hospitals after large parts of the hospital complex were flooded by a water mains break. The flood led to water and electricity supplies to the hospital being disrupted.

In total, 90 people were taken to the emergency hospital in Utrecht, a joint project between Utrecht’s teaching hospital and the defence ministry. The hospital is only opened at times of disaster or an outbreak of infectious disease.

Up to 150 patients were taken to Amsterdam’s AMC.

Technicians will today begin assessing what damage has been caused and when the hospital can reopen.

Questions are now being asked about who is responsible for the damage and who will pick up the bill. The legal aspects of the incident will play a major role in this, hospital spokesman Jan Hol told broadcaster Nos.

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