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Sint Maarten after Hurricane Irma, 7 Sept 2017
Sep 21 '17 16:50

The Association of Caribbean Mediaworkers (ACM) launched a wide effort to raise funds for their colleagues on the Caribbean islands that were hit by . Part of that effort is a crowdfunding campaign in the Netherlands, primarily focused on bringing aid and equipment to journalists on the Dutch island of Sint Maarten, which was hit hardest by the Category 5 hurricane on September 6th. 

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten, 7 Sept 2017
Sep 21 '17 15:30

The Dutch government is trying to find shelter for 25 Sint Maarten residents. They flew to the Netherlands and asked for help after destroyed their homes, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Sep 21 '17 09:37

The United Nationsdaption (GCECA) that is opening in the Netherlands, will be based in Rotterdam and Groningen, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment announced. The two cities' joint application had the most convincing plan, she said, according to NOS. 

The Seatrout stranded on the Westerschelde near Bath, Zeeland, 20 Sept 2017
Sep 20 '17 11:30

An oil tanker is stranded on the Westerschelde near Bath, Zeeland after it crashed with a bulk carrier around 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning. There is no danger to the environment, according to local safety office Veiligheidsregio Zeeland, AD reports.

Volunteers search through rubble in Mexico City after 7.1 earthquake, 19 Sept 2017
Sep 20 '17 09:26

Dutch physiotherapist Jaime Willems was working in a hospital in the Mexican city of Puebla when a powerful earthquake hit on Tuesday, local time. The earthquake measured 7.1 on the Richter scale and already claimed the lives of 224 people. "It felt like the building was lifted and put down again twenty times in a row", Willems said to RTL Nieuws.

Hurricane Maria in the far-eastern Caribbean, tracking towards Puerto Rico, 19 Sept 2017
Sep 20 '17 07:30

Hurricane Maria pulled past Sint Maarten during the early hours of Wednesday morning, at first sight with out causing much damage. Sint Eustatius and Saba got more wind and rain this time around, compared to hurricane Irma two weeks ago, but there too the damages seem to be limited, AD reports. The hurricane is still increasing in strength and is now heading towards the American Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

This visible image of Hurricane Maria was taken from NOAA's GOES East satellite on Sept. 18 at 10:45 a.m. EDT (1445 UTC) as it strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane just east of the Leeward Islands.
Sep 19 '17 07:34

Saba and Sint Eustatius are anxiously awaiting Hurricane Maria, which is set to pass close by the islands in the course of the morning or early in the afternoon. Hurricane Maria increased in strength and is now considered a category 5 hurricane, the strongest category, with wind speeds up to 260 kilometers per hour, BNR reports.

Sint Maarten after Hurricane Irma, 7 Sept 2017
Sep 18 '17 14:00

Hurricane Maria is heading towards the Caribbean, but is currently expected to miss the Kingdom of the Netherlands islands, according to Nicolien Kroon of Buienradar. The strong winds and heavy rains the hurricane brings with it can still cause many problems on the islands, especially for Sint Maarten, which was devastated by a week and a half a go, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Sep 18 '17 13:20

Rob Verkerk, Commander of the Dutch Armed Forces, and Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs called critical statements by Sint Maarten Prime Minister William Marlin about Dutch soldiers on the island "complete nonsense". In an interview with NRC, Marlin said that Dutch soldiers did nothing to stop

Air-pollution
Sep 18 '17 10:36

Despite improvements over the past years, the air in Gelderland is still anything but clean, according to a report from public health service GGD Gelderland-Midden. The researchers concluded that two babies per year die due to air pollution in the province and breathing the Gelderland air is, on average, equal to smoking six cigarettes per day, Omroep Gelderland reports.

Storm winds toppled a tree on Mozartlaan in Schiedam, 13 Sept 2017
Sep 15 '17 15:10

Increasingly severe storms due to climate change means increasing storm damage, and the damage counter is rising faster than expected, according to an analysis by the Dutch association of insurers. In the worst case scenario, storm damage will increase by over 260 million euros annually, compared to the current situation, the association calculates, RTL Nieuws reports.

Sep 15 '17 14:30

The new greenhouse gas policy implemented in 2005 to stimulate the Netherlands industry to reduce their emissions, had hardly any effect. Over the past 12 years, greenhouse gas emissions by Dutch manufacturers only decreased by 4 percent, the Volkskrant reports based on figures from the Dutch emissions authority NEa.

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten, 7 Sept 2017
Sep 15 '17 09:23

At 6:00 a.m. on Friday morning Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations officially launched the national fundraising action for Sint Maarten, Saba and Eustatius, who were all hit by devastating last week. The action "The Netherlands helps Sint Maarten" is a collaboration between the Red Cross and Dutch broadcasters RTL, NPO and SBS.

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Sep 15 '17 07:41

Dozens of homes in the Zuid-Holland town of 's-Gravenzande were damaged by a tornado on Thursday. Roof tiles were blown off, windows shattered and trees were blown over. The tornado lasted around 25 seconds, according to the Telegraaf.

Storm winds toppled a tree on Mozartlaan in Schiedam, 13 Sept 2017
Sep 14 '17 11:10

The damage caused by the , amounts to 5 million euros at most, according to the first rough estimation by the Dutch association of insurers VNV. The damage is "not exceptionally large", a VNV spokesperson said to the Leeuwarder Courant. 

Sint Maarten residents stand in line for drinking water, 12 Sept 2017
Sep 14 '17 10:30

The Red Cross' fundraiser to help the people of Sint Maarten after the devastating , Giro 5125, raised over 4.3 million euros so far. And the donations keep coming in, the Red Cross announced on Thursday, RTL Nieuws reports.

Ambulance
Sep 13 '17 14:40

A tree blown over by an, landed on a girl at the Stedelijk Lyceum in Enschede-Zuid on Wednesday morning. The girl was taken to hospital. Her condition is unknown, Tubantia reports.

The area around the fallen tree was closed off to the public. There are concerns that more trees may fall over due to the strong winds, according to the newspaper. 

Sint Maarten residents standing in line for drinking water, 12 Sept 2017
Sep 13 '17 10:40

Sint Maarten can count on a financial contribution from the Netherlands to help it recover from the devastating effects of , Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Tuesday evening, according to Metro Nieuws. He did not mention any amounts.

Storm winds toppled a tree on Mozartlaan in Schiedam, 13 Sept 2017
Sep 13 '17 10:03

The first this season, is starting to take its toll across the country. Schiphol had to close down a number of runways due to the strong winds. The A13 highway between Delft and Rotterdam was closed for a time after a tree fell on a car. And NS is running fewer trains on a number of routes.

Stormy weather in Amsterdam, 13 Sept 2017
Sep 13 '17 07:39

Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code orange weather warning for the Netherlands' coastal provinces on Wednesday morning due to very strong winds brought by the season's first autumn storm.

The northern coastal area can see gusts of over 120 kilometers per hour, the KNMI warns. The Provinces of Zuid-Holland, Noord-Holland, Friesland, Groningen and in the Wadden- and IJsselmeer areas can expect winds around 100 kilometers per hour. 

Sint Maarten during Hurricane Irma, 6 Sept 2017
Sep 12 '17 16:10

Sint Maarten hopes that the island can recover from the devastating effects of within a year or two, deputy minister of the island Henrietta Doran-York said after a national council meeting in The Hague on Tuesday. She also praised the cooperation between the Netherlands and Sint Maarten in the run-up and aftermath of the hurricane, and refuted criticism about a lack of preparation for the hurricane, RTL Nieuws reports.

Sint Maarten after Hurricane Irma, 7 Sept 2017
Sep 12 '17 11:10

Dutch King Willem-Alexander is overwhelmed by the devastation left on Sint Maarten, one of the Caribbean islands that form part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. "I've never seen anything like this, everywhere you look you see destruction and upheaval", the King said from the island on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.

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Sep 12 '17 08:29

The Netherlands' coastal provinces will face the season's first official autumn storm on Wednesday, according to meteorological institute KNMI. The KNMI warns of wind gusts on the coast and the IJsselmeer of up to 90 kilometers per hour. Weerplaza forecasts winds of up to 120 kilometers per hour on the Wadden.

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten, 7 Sept 2017
Sep 12 '17 08:01

King Willem-Alexander and Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations on Monday afternoon, local time. They landed on a battered Princess Juliana International Airport, where they were immediately faced with the devastation Hurricane Irma left in its wake.

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