Amsterdam hospital evacuated as pipe break causes flooding

AMSTERDAM (AP) — One of Amsterdam’s main hospitals was forced to evacuate hundreds of patients Tuesday after a burst water main caused flooding in parts of the building.

Wouter Bos, chairman of the board of the Free University Medical Center, said no patients were in danger, but they had to be moved to other hospitals in the city and region as a precaution because water had damaged electrical and water supplies to the building.

The hospital said a total of 339 patients were being moved, including 12 infants. A fleet of ambulances began ferrying the patients away in the early afternoon, including some to a special “calamity hospital” run by the Dutch Defense Force and the Utrecht University Medical Center.

Water inundated an area around the hospital in southern Amsterdam early Tuesday, flooding streets and parked cars.

Waternet, the company responsible for the Dutch capital’s water supply, shut off the water pipe and pumped water away from the streets, but said repairs would likely take several days.

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