The Ministry of Environment and Water Resources has come under the spotlight, as incidences of flash-flooding in Singapore continue steadily increase in recent years despite expenditure of S$1.2 billion to tackle flooding.
Since 2015, Singapore has seen a steady increase of about 200% in days when flash floods occur.
Between January and June 2018, there have already been 14 reported incidences of flash floods -not including the SMRT tunnel flooding incident.
More flash floods are expected this year as Singapore enters the conventionally wetter months of October, November and December.
This, despite the government’s proclamation that the total flood-prone area in Singapore today is almost 100 times smaller than in 1970, with S$1.2 billion being spent on drain improvement works since 2011 and another $500 million earmarked for the next two to three years to upgrade existing drains.
In the latest incident yesterday morning, heavy rain caused flash floods in at least 3 locations in central and western parts of Singapore: Jalan Kismis, Toh Tuck Avenue and along the PIE towards Tuas after the Eng Neo Road exit.
According to the Public Utilities Board, the floods subsided by 12.20pm.
The public has naturally expressed concerns at the dismal state of flood-prevention measures.
Said Jen Teo:
“So many years and they still can’t get things right? What happened to ‘once in 50 years’?”
Questions have been raised regarding effectiveness of the measures and whether the S$1.2 billion has been well-spent.
Said Jayden Lim:
“The government keeps on raising prices and cost of living has gone up so much for average Singaporeans. But is our money being wasted on lousy projects that can’t solve the problems? Maybe we need to hire the S$400,000 rubbish bin consultant to come up with new solutions to all this flooding.”