2 strikes for the authorities in 2 straight years for failing to address trending flash floods in sunny Singapore.
June 2010 saw the island visited by a ‘once in 50yrs’ precipitation, so says the Minister, backed by his scholastic team of analysts & met station. Only to be silenced by a repeated event few weeks after. And so the convenient reasons given were that the drains were probably choked.
The epic event was a trauma for business owners down Orchard Rd, especially since the island is in the midst of the Great Singapore Sale, chalking up frightening amounts in loses for damaged merchandise & opportunity costs.
Last Sunday, the island was revisited with record precipitation (supposedly more rainfall than last year), flood levels rose to alarming height on Orchard Rd, resulting in scenic waterfall effects in the basement of some malls. This unprecedented event left business owners crippled with loses, as well as terminating the road worthiness of flashy cars parked in the basement of the St Regis Apartments (an upmarket private property in town).
The authorities & Minister lamented on climate change issues, proposing extravagant solutions to control the trending floods.
Fundamentally, the repeat of this embarrassment only serves to suggest; the lack of foresight & poor town planning catered towards drainage & sewage management in the precinct. To date, myriads of temporary/ superficial measures are implemented, but still lacking concrete plans to eradicate the problem permanently.
Perhaps it would be necessary to mimic Tokyo’s G-Cans to better manage the trending situation.