A rare tornado hit the coastal city of Zierikzee, Zeeland Province, southwestern Netherlands on June 27, 2022, leaving a trail of damage, one person dead and 10 others injured.
The Netherlands experiences a few tornadoes per year, but this is the first to hit the country since 1992. Deadly tornadoes were also recorded in 1967, 1972 and 1981.
The twister caused considerable damage in several streets as it ripped the roofs off homes and toppled trees onto cars.
A 73-year-old woman was killed and 10 others injured, with one taken to a hospital, the city paramedics said, adding that there had been a huge deployment of emergency services.
Local media said the woman was hit on the head by a roof tile in the city’s harbor area.
Tiles were also ripped from the roof of a church and trampolines were sent flying through the air, local media said.
As many as 20 rental homes were left temporarily uninhabitable by the whirlwind and officials were arranging shelter for the residents, the local housing association said.1
Emergency services asked people to stay away from the area to avoid hindering the work of police and the fire brigade, and because of the danger from falling tiles and branches.
1 Rare tornado kills one in Netherlands – AFP – June 27, 2022
Featured image credit: Marco Kaschuba (stillshot)
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