Heavy rains cause flooding in Singapore

Heavy rains cause flooding in Singapore
Heavy rains cause flooding in Singapore

114 mm of precipitation fell in a few hours in Singapore on August 20, 2021, flooding dozens of roads and causing serious disruption to traffic.

According to the Singapore Meteorological Service, the Choa Chu Kang weather station recorded 114.4 mm of rain from midnight to 6:00 pm local time. Pasir Ris received 105.2 mm, and Bukit Panjang received 100.8 mm during the same period. Most of the rain fell in a short period during the morning rush hour.

Roads were flooded and cars were stranded. The Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF) was called in to rescue motorists and passengers from 13 vehicles stuck in flood waters. One person was injured and five people were taken to safety in nearby hideouts, the SCDF said in a statement.

"About 25 people were evacuated from these vehicles prior to the arrival of the SCDF. SCDF personnel escorted five people from the four vehicles to safety," the SCDF said.

The National Water Resources Agency of Singapore said that heavy rain caused the water level in drainage channels in some parts of the country to reach 90 percent. PUB has warned motorists to avoid flooded roads in at least 13 different locations.