Extreme weather in the southern part of the Grand Duchy

During the evening of 9 August 2019, extreme weather conditions affecting the southern part of the Grand Duchy caused considerable damage in the municipalities of Bascharage, Pétange and the surrounding area.

After consultation among Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, Minister of the Interior Taina Bofferding, and the High Commission for National Protection, the Government's Crisis Cell provided for in the extreme weather intervention plan was activated.

Composition of the Crisis Cell:

the High Commission for National Protection
the national fire and rescue service

the Grand Ducal Police
the army
the national Water Management Authority
the national Air Navigation Administration
the National Roads Authority
the Ministry of Energy and Spatial Planning
the Crisis Communication Service

At 9 p.m. official reports counted 7 people injured, one of them seriously, all being treated at the 'Emile Mayrisch' hospital centre (CHEM).

The emergency services and municipal authorities are working together in the field, coordinating the measures and action to be implemented.

One rescue and clearance unit from the French local emergency and rescue service (SDIS 57) has been called in to help.

Everyone concerned is continuing to monitor the situation, and the press will be informed of developments in the situation.

A hotline has been set up for anyone who has been affected or wanting to obtain news from outside the country; the number is 8002 8080.

(Communicated by the Government Crisis Cell / High Commission for National Protection)

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