Three people are killed as winter storm batters the Netherlands



THE NETHERLANDS — Two people have been killed by falling trees in the Netherlands as winds of up to 120 kph battered the country on Thursday morning. In Enschede, a 62-year-old person was killed when the car he was driving was hit by a tree brought down in the gale force winds. And in Zwolle, a 62-year-old man died when he was hit on the head by a branch, news agency ANP said.

In Lingewaal, south of Utrecht, a 64-year-old man was killed and another injured when they were hit by what police said was a ‘plexiglass construction’ which fell down on a private industrial estate. In Limburg, a woman pushing a buggy had a narrow escape while out for a morning walk.

Dozens of people have also been injured by falling trees and flying debris. The centre of Almere was closed off to passersby because of the danger posed by flying glass. Eyewitness Vaiibhav Mugundan told that he had seen several ambulances coming to take away injured people.