On Wednesday discussions are planned as to the necessary clean-up and rebuilding works to undertake at the Paardenmarkt, in Antwerp. This follows the explosion which took place on Monday evening.
The emergency services finished their intervention on Tuesday evening, after 24 hours on site, and the road has now reopened to traffic. The site will be further secured on Wednesday and debris removed.
The explosion took the lives of two victims: a Belgian aged 39 and an Afghan asylum seeker aged 26. One individual had been in a critical condition, but the police have said that his life is now no longer endangered. Five others have been seriously injured and eight only slightly so. The emergency services have removed seven individuals in good health, rescued from the rubble.
The cause of the explosion is not yet known but it damaged some seven buildings. Three of these are apartment buildings, which almost entirely collapsed. Works will be carried out as quickly as possible. The inhabitants of these buildings, who could not be accommodated with loved ones or friends, were offered shelter elsewhere.