Koenders: terrible bus crash in Portugal

Foreign minister Bert Koenders, who is currently in China, has expressed his grief over the bus crash in the Algarve region of Portugal. ‘This is a terrible accident. I sympathise with the victims and the people who have lost loved ones.’

On Thursday morning the Dutch ambassador in Portugal and two embassy staff travelled to the Algarve, where they will work with SOS International and the local authorities to assist the victims and family members of the deceased. The ministry is also sending extra staff to support the embassy in Lisbon.

At the time of the crash, the bus was carrying 34 people. Three people are reported to have been killed and 29 injured. The ministry is unable to confirm the passengers’ nationalities at this time.