Monday, June 28, 2010

Floods in Singapore (Revisited)




On 16th June 2010, Orchard Road, Singapore's tourist and shopping district, in the midst of GSS (Great Singapore Sale) was flooded.

"SINGAPORE - Singapore must learn from the recent flooding episodes and upgrade its infrastructure and systems, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

However, he added, it's also not realistic to expect the country to be completely free of floods. To do so would require huge tracts of land to be put aside for huge monsoon drains which will be empty most of the time.

"The land is tied up, the infrastructure will cost a lot of money, and it's not worth it," he said."


An article on Today Online is very puzzling as I don't understand why it is not worth it for our #1 Shopping District -- Orchard Road to be flood free. Is it too much to ask?

It seems that there are many examples of flooding in Singapore in the past, and after the Marina Barrage was built, Orchard Road flooded. Was it a coincidence?

In this article -- Floods – are we prepared?

There are many examples raised on the floods that occurred in the near past which we can take into consideration if we have any ability to plan while designing the city.

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In the land where politicians do not have to take any responsibilities, yet get all the credit, I have one suggestion: Live on high ground.

-- Iron Bowl.

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