Government to speed up plans to deal with floods: Dr Balakrishnan

The Straits Times today reported Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Vivian Balakrishnan as saying that the government needs to quickly manage flooding incidents in Singapore. He will be giving a full update on this matter next week in Parliament.

Government to speed up plans to deal with floods: Dr Balakrishnan

Minister for Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan said that the Government needs to accelerate plans to build up reserve capacity to deal with floods here.

‘We will have to accelerate our plans for alternatives… in order to reduce the loading on that section of the canal. We need to buy ourselves a larger margin for error,’ he said.

He was referring to the flooding of the basement of Liat Towers in Orchard Road that occurred last Friday, after some parts of the Stamford Canal, which runs in front of the mall, flowed full during a prolonged and heavy rainfall.

In his first comments to the media since the incident, Dr Balakrishnan noted that these plans are ‘expensive projects’ that will have to be approached ‘methodically and carefully’.

He added that he will be giving a full update on flood prevention in Parliament next week.

Image taken from Jeff_Black

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