While the Eunice Storm affected life negatively in the Netherlands, 3 people have died so far in the capital city of Amsterdam and its surroundings. “Stay at home” call was made with a message sent to everyone’s phone in the country.
The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) announced that due to the Eunice storm that reached the country today, a red alert was issued in the northern and coastal parts of the country, and an orange alert was issued in other regions.
Due to the wind speed reaching 130 kilometers per hour, flights in public transportation vehicles and many flights were canceled.
Sports events postponed
While many schools have been closed, some workplaces have switched to remote work and professional sporting events have been postponed.
While the citizens had difficulty walking on the road due to the storm, trees, poles and roofs in some cities fell on the roadsides and on the cars.
Severe storms caused damage to buildings and vehicles in many areas across the country.
In many places, highways were closed to traffic due to the overturning of trucks.
“Stay at home” call
Three people lost their lives and were injured when trees fell on them in and around the capital city of Amsterdam.
A call to “Stay at home” was made with the message “Extreme weather conditions in much of the Netherlands” sent to everyone in the country.
In the message, the public was asked to call 112 only in life-threatening situations, as the emergency call center was overloaded due to the large number of damage reports.
The local media reported that the roof of the ADO Den Haag football club’s Stadium was partially blown off.
Update: Storm Eunice: 8 death, many injured due to storm in Western Europe
Storm Eunice, which started in England on Friday and was also effective in the west of Europe, caused the death of 4 people in the Netherlands, 3 people in Germany and 1 person in Belgium.
The storm continued its effect from Friday morning until 06:00 on Saturday morning. The “red alert” due to the storm, which injured many people and caused millions of euros in property damage, has also come to an end.
Air, sea and rail transport, which was disrupted due to the storm, started to return to normal in the afternoon.
8 death, millions of euros of material damage
Due to the storm, many people were injured in Belgium and Germany, and millions of euros in property damage occurred.
The speed of the storm, which started to be effective in the afternoon in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, reached 170 kilometers per hour.
The fallen trees in and around Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, caused the death of 3 of my people. In the northern city of Groningen, the driver lost his life after hitting a tree that the storm overthrew and dragged onto the road.
Many vehicles and buildings were also damaged by the fallen trees.
A “red alert” has been issued in the Netherlands since noon on Friday due to the storm. Drivers are requested not to go out on the road except in mandatory situations.
Eunice Storm Saturday Update
Hundreds of flights and train services were canceled in the country, 80 bridges were closed to traffic. The roofs of hundreds of buildings in the Netherlands, including the ADO Den Haag Stadium in The Hague, were blown off by the storm.
The storm also caused the death of 1 person and the injury of many people in Belgium. A 79-year-old man in the city of Ypees fell to his death in the marina due to a severe storm.
It caused the roofs of hundreds of houses to fly off, especially in the coastal part of Belgium.
In Belgium, where air and rail traffic were adversely affected, road transportation was also disrupted from time to time.
More than 900 calls for help were made to the fire brigade in Antwerp, the country’s second largest city, due to flying roofs and damaged houses.
In Belgium, many vehicles and houses were damaged due to the trees knocked down by the severe storm. The roof of the stable section of Castle Heers was also destroyed by the storm.
German media calls it “Zeynep Storm”
Eunice Storm reached a speed of 170 kilometers some places in Germany as well.
In Germany, also in North Rhine-Westphalia, one driver died when the storm overturned his vehicle, and another died when a tree fell on his vehicle. In Cuxhaven, a person died after falling from the roof of his house.
The strong wind, which the German media called the “Storm of Zeynep”, caused flooding in Hamburg created by strong waves. Fire brigade and police evacuated some districts of the city of Bremen.
Land, air, sea and rail transport was disrupted in many regions in Germany. Many people were injured in Germany due to the trees that fell due to the storm, and material damage occurred to vehicles and buildings.
In the city of Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, a church cross, ripped off by the storm, fell on a minibus.
According to insurance companies in Germany, the storm could have caused 500m euros in property damage.
Eunice Storm England: 3 people died, which was given a red alert
Due to the Eunice Storm, which was effective in England, schools were closed in some regions, millions of people were warned not to go out due to the wind speed exceeding 190 kilometers in some regions. Three people died due to the storm.
A 30-year-old woman in London died after a tree fell on her car.
In Merseyside, a man in his 50s died from flying debris. In Hamshire, which is also under the red alert, a young man in his 20s died by colliding with a fallen tree with his vehicle.
Many people are reported to have been injured.
This is the first red alert for London and the south-west of the country since the leveled alert system was introduced in 2008.
Eunice Storm Sunday Update / 20.02.2022
MILLIONS OF EURO LOSS!
Due to the storm , many people were injured in Belgium and Germany, and millions of euros in property damage occurred. The speed of the storm, which started to be effective in the afternoon in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany , reached 170 km per hour. Britain announced that the damage caused by the storm will reach 500 million pounds.
The minimum wage in the Netherlands for 2023 has been announced
In the Netherlands, the government increased the minimum wage by 10.15 percent for the first time since 1969. In 2023, the minimum minimum wage was increased to 1934 euros.
The energy crisis and the cost of living that came after the days of the pandemic affected the citizens and especially the employees very badly this year. The government announced a new support package for low-income people in its 2023 budget, which it announced recently.
The cabinet, which tries to provide support in certain areas to increase the purchasing power of the citizens, announced the minimum amount of minimum wage to be applied for 2023.
For the first time since the six-month hike of 8.05 percent in 1969, the cabinet has increased the minimum wage by 10.15 percent as a semi-annual increase. However, the gross minimum wage of 1,756.20 euros, valid in the second half of 2022, was increased to 1,934.40 euros as of January 1, 2023.
As of January 1, 2023, the legal gross minimum wage for full-time workers aged 21 and over will be:
Monthly: € 1,934,40
Weekly: € 446.40
Daily: € 89.28
The 10.15 percent increase to be applied to the minimum wage will also be reflected in all other allowances and aids such as AOW, social assistance and Wajong. As a result, the minimum wage increase will also have positive effects on the incomes of social assistance recipients and retirees.
Canadian pop star Kris Wu jailed for sexual misconduct
Chinese-born Canadian singer Kris Wu was sentenced to 13 years in prison for raping three women in November and December 2020.
A year after the arrest of pop singer Kris Wu by a Beijing court in the Chinese capital, Beijing, he was found guilty of crimes, including sexual abuse, and sentenced to 13 years in prison.
According to The Guardian, the Beijing court ruled that the Chinese-born singer sexually abused three women in November and December 2020.
“Wu Yifan took advantage of three drunk women in his home,” the court said on its official WeChat account.
Wu was detained in Beijing on July 31, 2021, after an 18-year-old Chinese student accused him and other girls, some of them under 18, of inciting to have sex with him.
The student told the media at the time that Wu tried to persuade her to have sex after she was 17-years-old with alcohol.
The court also found Wu guilty of gathering crowds to have sexual intercourse in July 2018.
The tax office said Wu was ordered to pay around 600 million yuan for the crimes of “hiding personal income, tax evasion, as well as underpaying taxes”.
The court announced that Wu would be deported, but lawyers in China said such deportations usually take place after the sentence has been served.
90% of hospitals in the Netherlands are at risk of loss by 2023
It was stated that 90 percent of the hospitals in the Netherlands are at risk of making a loss in the next year due to the high inflation and the increase in personnel and energy costs.
In the news published in the local media, it was stated that the Dutch Hospitals Association (NVZ) had the Finance Ideas Institution conduct research in 56 hospitals in the country.
In the news, it was stated that 90 percent of hospitals are at risk of loss in the next year due to high inflation in the country and the increase in personnel and energy costs.
In the news, it was reported that hospitals were not allowed to increase health service fees in order to generate more income in order to meet the increasing energy and wage costs.
It was reported that NVZ President Ad Melkert evaluated the result of the research as “disturbing”, and pointed out that health insurance companies have not yet approached this and that time is running out.
“Hospitals now need all the resources to invest in the best care for their patients, good working conditions for healthcare professionals and the implementation of the recently signed Integrated Care Agreement,” Melkert said in the news. statements were also included.
NS offers up to 75% discount on trains from the Netherlands to Belgium
Are you planning to go on a winter vacation? You are lucky; because on this Legendary Friday, NS International is offering a huge discount of up to 75% on train tickets to and from Belgium.
Tickets are sold online at (nsinternational.com) where you need to book directly.
Discounted train tickets to Belgium must be purchased between 25 – 28 November.
The campaign is valid for the travel period between 2 December 2022 and 28 February 2023.
The Netherlands will make a worldwide apology for its history of slavery.
The Dutch government will formally apologize for the country’s history of slavery at 8 separate locations around the world on Monday, December 19th.
Instead of paying compensation for slavery, the government will allocate 200m euros to raise awareness on this issue.
This development, announced by the Dutch public broadcaster NOS, was also confirmed by government sources in The Hague.
Seven government ministers will travel to the former Dutch colony of Suriname and the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Sint Eustatius, Saba and Sint Maarten on December 19.
Dutch ministers will here make a formal apology on behalf of the state for the country’s history of slavery.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte will also make an apology in The Hague on the same day.
The weather will get colder next week in the Netherlands
According to the Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI), after a weekend of mild weather, the Netherlands will be affected by lower temperatures from the second half of next week. Temperatures can drop as low as 5 degrees from Wednesday.
On Friday and Saturday, light showers are expected in the east, with a mixture of clouds and sun. Temperatures will be 11 degrees on Friday and 9 degrees on Saturday.
Although the week will start with rain, drier weather is expected from Tuesday.
“As the week progresses, the effectiveness of cold weather will gradually increase,” KNMI said. Temperatures for Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be between 5 and 9 degrees. Next week will see cooler weather as temperatures drop below normal towards Saturday.
Strict supervision of energy companies is required in the Netherlands
Consumers and Markets Authority wants strict monitoring of energy companies
The Consumers and Markets Authority has demanded that power companies be given stricter monitoring powers, saying rules for energy companies need to become much stricter to avoid new problems in the future.
Chairman of the Board Martijn Snoep says that the current problems in energy companies are not over yet and that adequate supervision is not provided by the current rules. “We can’t do the things we want to do, so we don’t control enough. The current laws were designed at a time when there was enough gas in the Netherlands, when there was no climate problem yet. So the system needs a fundamental overhaul,” Snoep told the NOS Radio 1 Journaal.
Last year, several energy companies went bankrupt after the gas price skyrocketed. According to the regulator, the problems could not be avoided under the current rules. That’s why chairman Snoep advocates subjecting more than 60 energy companies to rules similar to those that banks currently have to deal with. Snoep thinks this will significantly reduce the risk of bankruptcy.
In addition to these, the Consumers and Markets Authority wants a guarantee fund to be established in case companies go bankrupt. According to Snoep, consumers can receive support from this fund for energy cost expenditures that change from day to day, as was the case with Welkom Energie customers last year.
Health insurance should be taken as an example
Snoep also wants the range of energy companies to be simpler and easier for consumers to compare. As with health insurance, demands are to have a fixed period during which consumers can switch from one supplier to another.
Currently, energy companies have difficulty in offering permanent contracts due to the great uncertainty in the energy market. Dutch Climate Minister Jetten announced that they are working on the possibility of determining by law that energy companies should offer permanent contracts.
Netherlands to invest 50 million euros in bike lanes
Recent research shows that accident-related casualties among cyclists will increase in the coming years if no action is taken by the Dutch government.
As more and more Dutch and foreign bikers cycle along the lanes, accidents are also becoming inevitable. The Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Harbers, has a plan to prevent further loss of life.
Minister Harbers announced that 50 million euros will be invested in bike lanes to improve bike safety for groups more prone to accidents.
These investments are expected to be aimed at preventing accidents that occur especially in the places where the elderly live and in sports and school environments.
Older people are one of the most cycling groups in the Netherlands, but they are at higher risk of being seriously injured in these accidents. This is why it becomes even more important to provide them with extra protection.
Similarly, it is common in the Netherlands to see children growing up on bicycles. This means that children, as well as the elderly, should be considered at the forefront of measures against bicycle accidents. According to studies, about 1 in 5 cyclists who visited the emergency room after an accident was younger than 17 years old.
In addition, more than 80% of serious bicycle accidents in 2019 are related to a motor vehicle. Therefore, great steps need to be taken in this area as well.
Cycle lanes are getting more crowded as more people enjoy cycling in the Netherlands. Naturally, the tendency for accidents to occur with different vehicles traveling at different speeds is also growing.
Energy prices will rise in the Netherlands in 2024
Energy prices in the Netherlands are expected to rise in 2024.
According to the homeowners association VEH, the average gas and electricity bill will increase by around 2,500 euros in 2024.
VEH director Cindy Kremer calculated to Telegraaf that the spike will rise sharply once the Dutch Government stops stabilizing energy prices.
This month and next month in the Netherlands, many households will receive 190 euros per month from the government due to high energy costs. The government temporarily reduced VAT on gas and electricity from 21 percent to 9 percent. Next year, a price cap on average energy consumption will continue to apply.
900,000 people could not find a home in the Netherlands last year
It was announced last year that nearly 900,000 people in the Netherlands said they wanted to move but could not find a home.
According to the Dutch Housing Survey conducted by the Netherlands Statistical Institute for 3 years, 900,000 people could not find a place to move in 2021. It was announced that this figure was 400,000 in 2015.
While the percentage rate of this figure was 3 in 2015, it increased to over 6 percent in 2021. The number of people who wanted to move but could not move due to housing shortages more than doubled.
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