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Storm Eunice crashes crane into Belgian hospital – News

In another incident, a 79-year-old Briton died after falling from his boat at a marina



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By Reuters

Published: Sat 19 Feb 2022, 11:21

High winds sent a crane crashing onto the roof of a hospital in the Belgian city of Tournai on Friday as storm Eunice swept through with gusts of up to 130 km per hour (80 miles per hour).

No deaths were immediately reported, although local media said there were injuries, without giving details.

Footage on social media showed the tip of the crane crashing into the roof of the hospital and through the top floor ceiling.

Another piece fell to the ground at a construction site near the base of the crane which remained standing.

In a separate incident, a 79-year-old Briton died after falling from his boat at a marina on a waterway in the northern town of Ypres amid high winds, media reported.

A teenager is said to be in critical condition after being hit by a falling branch while running in the nearby town of Menin, near the French border.

The storm, which is also hitting other northern European countries including Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands, has disrupted transport services in Belgium.

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Several flights were canceled at Brussels Zaventem International Airport, where roof panels were damaged by the wind. Some bus and train services have also been suspended.

The football match between the Ghent and Seraing teams for the country’s premier league has been postponed after the roof of the Ghent stadium was damaged by the strong wind.