Sunday, January 30, 2011

Heavy Rains, Floods in Singapore

FLOODS have returned to Singapore amid heavy, incessant rain since Saturday.

Readers of The Straits Times Online have been sending in reports of flooding, which seem mostly concentrated in the eastern part of Singapore.

Awakening Cryztalrella wrote on The Straits Times’ Facebook fanpage: ‘Flooding along the whole road at Bedok Town park towards Bedok North Ave 3, i.e. after the PIE overhead bridge towards B07 Bus stop (Bus 18, 28, etc). It has become inaccessible during heavy downpour.’

On Twitter, quelynxandever and iamsurebbyrz reported flooding at the Singapore Expo, and Loyang Avenue near Changi prison.

User CW of citizen journalism site STOMP also sent in pictures of a flooded carpark at Tampines Street 32, which showed it submerged in water.

CW wrote: ‘The basement carpark was flooded during these two days of non-stop rain.’

On their website, the National Environment Agency said widespread moderate to heavy rain is expected between 11.30am and midnight on Sunday.

If you are affected by floods or know of places that are, we would greatly appreciate your telling us. Please send pictures and information to

Singapore hit by “costly to prevent” floods

Singapore Flood

“Freak floods that happens only once in 50 years” according to Minister for Environment Mr Yaacob Ibrahim, have hit Singapore again on early Saturday morning for the 4th time in 2 months this year, not ‘once in 50 years as suggested’.

01Affected areas include Braddell Road, Changi Road, Joo Chiat, Telok Kurau,  Geylang and Bukit Timah, where trees were uprooted and rising floodwaters stranded several drivers in their vehicles. Parts of Kallang and Tanjong Katong were also flooded.

The hardest hit areas were Braddell Road, Joo Chiat Terrace, Changi Road, Bukit Timah and Delfi in Orchard Road with water rising to waist level.

According to the Straits Times, waters rose to knee-high level at the Tessarina Condo in Bukit Timah area, flooding the basement carpark. Some cars were almost submerged in water, prompting frantic residents to move them out to drier grounds.

The same paper reported that 60 people were evacuated by Singapore Civil Defence Force personnel in 20 different places, including passengers who were stuck in an SBS bus along Upper Thomson Road.

There were further reports by Netizens of fallen trees along Dorset Road causing traffic congestion, shops badly damaged by the flood along Upper Thomson Road and a flooded carpark at the Delfi Orchard which was hit by the worst flooding in 26 years in June just less than a month ago.

Despite a public outcry over the incompetency of the PAP government to prevent the frequent floods which caused millions of dollars of losses, PM Lee remained nonchalant about the inconveniences and losses the frequent flooding have caused to ordinary Singaporeans and even appeared to chide Singaporeans for having overly high expectations.

Last month, in a speech made at Lower Seletar Reservoir which was widely reported by MSM, PM Lee tried to exonerate the PAP government from any blame by coming up with the “lameretest”  excuse that it is very “costly” to keep Singapore “flood-free.”

He claimed that given Singapore’s “tropical climate”, any attempt to “wipe out” flooding in Singapore would require plenty of money and land without providing any concrete evidence or statistics to substantiate his claims.

In a nutshell, PM Lee deems spending Public Money on preventing floods “costly” but have no reservation whatsoever on giving a Massive Pay Rise (expected to be more than 8% this year) to Singapore’s “betteretest” multi-millionaire PAP ministers, who are already the “higheretest” paid political leaders in the world.

Ironically, 66% of eligible Singaporeans voted for a ruling party thats only interested in spending Public Money to enrich themselves instead of safeguarding the life and property of Singaporeans.

Singapore military offers help with flood recovery

There has been another offer of overseas assistance for flood devastated Queensland.

A day after the United States said it is ready to help, Singapore has offered military assistance.

Flooding has affected large parts of the state, including Rockhampton where the Fitzroy River is expected to peak today.

About 6,000 Singapore Armed Forces troops conduct military exercises in Shoalwater Bay near Rockhampton every year.

Singapore’s Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean has written to Rockhampton Mayor Brad Carter and Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith offering assistance.

Mr Teo says Singapore Air Force helicopters based at Oakey on the Darling Downs in southern Queensland as well as Singaporean soldiers can help if required.

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