Public health institute RIVM issued a "smog alarm" for Noord-Brabant, Zuid-Holland, Limburg, Zeeland, Noord-Holland, Flevoland and Utrecht. The air quality in parts of these provinces will be "very poor" this afternoon and early evening due to the formation of ozone in the air, the institute warns, ANP reports.
Last year over 153 thousand people died in the Netherlands. With nearly 47 thousand deaths, cancer remains the most common cause of death in the country, followed by cardiovascular disease which caused 25 percent of the deaths, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. 1 percent of last year's deaths were caused by flu.
People who live near Schiphol airport are regularly exposed to increased concentrations of ultra-fine particles in the air, which can have an effect on their health. On days that the wind blows from Schiphol, children with respiratory diseases show more symptoms and more often have to use their medication, according to the interim results of a study by public health institute RIVM, Utrecht University, and the Amsterdam academic medical center AMC.
There is a good chance of smog in the entire Netherlands on Tuesday, public health institute RIVM warns. Those sensitive to dirty air, for example people with respiratory problems, are advised to stay inside, especially during the afternoon and early evening, RTL Nieuws reports.
"For the entire country, air quality can be bad, but the highest concentrations are expected in the east", the RIVM said. The smog will be at its worst during the afternoon and early evening.
Five people fell ill in Club Fix in Tilburg during the early hours of Sunday morning after someone set off a fire extinguisher. The incident happened around 3:00 a.m., the police confirmed to NU.nl.
It is believed that the dust from the fire extinguisher ended up in the club's air conditioning. The five people became sick from breathing the fumes.
The owner of the club vacated the building as a precaution. The five ill people were treated for respiratory problems by paramedics at the scene.
A fire in the Preston Palace hotel in Almelo on Thursday night ended with three men arrested and one treated in hospital for smoke inhalation. The police believe arson was involved, RTL Nieuws reports.
The fire broke out around 10:00 p.m. Some 400 guests had to be evacuated. One guest was taken to hospital with respiratory problems. Another one was advised to go see a GP.
The cabinet is working an a new smog alarm to better inform the more than a million Dutch people suffering from respiratory problems of impurities in the air.