On the morning of September 5, 2013 (Thursday), another 50yr or centenary deluge revisited the island, in the wake of recent typhoon/ hurricane activities in the north east region of the orient. The precipitation is indefinitely unprecedented, to the extent that 1 of the major highways (the Ayer Rajar Expressway “AYE”) was crippled.
As the mainstream media has the tendency to play down the ill effects, reported that the highway was partially affected, while the scale of the situation actually affected many highway inlets & exits, stretching almost half of island. Key routes linking the western heartlands to the city center were also cut off. Many cars were stranded & immersed to the windows along some of the major roads.
At least a quarter of the island’s population had their daily morning ritual massively affected, students had to brave the horror to get to the schools, working adults ploughed through the flood, dense standstill traffic took place on all other passable route options into the city where more than a third of the population earn their bacon.
In the aftermath, the authorities & agencies gave their views on the situation, to the effect that; they are aware, have reasonable anticipation for the situation to aggravate, but have little or no sustainable solution to remedy the problem that is set to escalate in time to come.
Meanwhile, in the southern tip of the island, residents at a prestigious condominium on Sentosa Island are filing a class act suit, taking the developers, builders & contracted agencies to task, for defects & incompetence to remedy the problems & possible loss on investment returns on the estate.
As it is, the town planning, public utility drainage/sewage systems were designed, built & managed by independent agencies, and flashfloods have taken place multiple times in the recent years. At some point, the flashfloods took places merely weeks apart.
Considering the distinctly similar principles of both scenarios; if individuals affected by 1 common problem can initiate a concerted effort to file a class act suit against the bodies/establishments responsible for the problems, then in similar fashion, citizens & residents affected by the floods have legitimate grounds to come together to file a class act suit; against the relevant agencies for their failure to manage the repetitive floods in recent past.
Foreseeable, subject to severity of individual experiences, claims may vary from; damage of property/assets, opportunity costs, incidental costs incurred, losses on investment returns, trauma & distress etc.