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In the netherlands the emergency services are affected by a major telecommunications failure,

FILE PHOTO: KPN logo is seen at the head office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/File Photo

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A widespread telecommunications outage hit large parts of the country, on Monday, paralysing emergency services and the rendering of the police department, and other departments of the government are completely out of reach.

The failure originated on the network of the national carrier Royal KPN NV, which is also used by other telecommunications service providers.

People with a medical or other emergency situations, therefore, is on Twitter to go directly to the hospitals, the fire brigade or the local police.

The most important of the police and the emergency services numbers were not working.

KPN, the Dutch Economic Affairs Ministry, which is responsible for telecommunications, that can’t be reached by phone and e-mails seeking comment was not immediately answered.

A spokeswoman for the police told the station that all the officers were sent on patrol.

Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Jan Harvey

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