Heavy rains cause flooding in Singapore

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

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

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

“About 25 people evacuated from these vehicles before SCDF arrived. SCDF staff removed five people from the four vehicles to safety,” SCDF said.

Singapore’s National Water Resources Agency, said the heavy rain caused water levels in drainage canals in some parts of the country to reach 90 percent. PUB warned motorists to avoid flooded roads in at least 13 different locations.

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