The prime minister, Xavier Bettel, and internal affairs minister, Dan Kersch, are seen meeting with the commander of the emergency operations centre in Waldbillig, 1 June 2018. Photo credit: Administration des services de secours
The government has declared a state of emergency and issued warnings on drinking water following heavy rain in the Mullerthal region Thursday night and Friday morning.
Emergency services were dispatched more than 100 times overnight, according to a statement issued by the civil protection agency (Haut-commissariat à la protection nationale) on 1 June at 6:50am.
In the commune of Waldbillig and town of Bech: tap water can be used without restrictions; although before being consumed by humans, tap water should be boiled for at least 10 minutes.
In the communes of Berdorf and Beaufort: residents are advised to limit their use of tap water to the “strict minimum”. Tap water can be consumed by humans after being boiled for at least 10 minutes.
In the town of Dillingen: residents are advised to limit their use of tap water to the “strict minimum”.
In the town of Closberg: tap water has been cut off.
A separate statement from the prime minister’s office, issued 1 June at 9am, said that a crisis unit covering the entire country had been set up. The cabinet was due to meet Friday morning to discuss aid for residents in the affected areas.