Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu has blamed the weather for the spate of flooding incidents in Singapore.
Speaking at a webinar following the release of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, she said that Singaporeans have to be prepared for floods.
“As climate change brings about more intense rainfall, it will not be possible to completely eliminate flash floods.”
Her comments come after flash floods in many parts of Singapore over the past two weeks, and persistent flooding of certain areas in the country over the year.
“For far too long, Singaporeans have gotten used to our weather, as we think the weather here doesn’t change that much. But we need to build that habit of checking weather forecasts.”
Dunearn Road has already been hit by 3 floods this year alone.
Residents and businesses in the area said complained that their goods, electronics and furniture were damaged by flooding.
No details have been given as to how climate change has affected rainfall patterns in Singapore.
The PUB has invested almost S$2 billion on drainage works in the last 10 years.
It plans to invest another S$1.4 billion over the next five years to enhance flood resilience.