Around 200 extra beds have been added to the 300 already available at WTC 3, announced the Belgian Red Cross in a press release on Thursday. The new beds were set up on the second floor of the building, which has provided shelter for over 985 people since September 7th.
WTC 3 has been open 24/7 since September 15th. Three hundred people spent Wednesday night there and 50 beds were freed up the following morning, on Thursday. According to the Red Cross, if everything is ready in time, then 250 more people will be able to find shelter at n° 24 Boulevard Albert II on Thursday. “We’re striving to be able to host as many people as possible as early as Thursday onwards,” said Nancy Ferroni, spokeswoman for the Red Cross.
Of the 25 working showers, 17 are inside the building and there are 8 others in a shipping container the army installed in a neighbouring street, added the Red Cross.
There are 20 toilets on the first floor and 15 on the second, and wash basins are also provided. The refugees are given a toiletry kit, disposable bedsheets and a blanket when they arrive. The centre is serving hot meals and a First Aid station is available. The ground floor has wifi.