Ladies and Gentlemen,
After large sections of Singapore particularly the Orchard Road shopping area was underwater in record floods on June 16, 2010 after torrential rainfall, the Singapore authorities conveniently blamed some blockage in drains according to the government owned news agency the Straits Times in a story that day, headed "What causes flash floods".
In fact any elementary student of the phenomenon of global warming which is severely impacting Singapore knows this excuse is simply false.
The increased heat in the island atmosphere, caused by global warming and a blanket of concrete jam packed high rise buildings in the island, means the air holds much more water vapour than it otherwise did, causing torrential massive downpours of rainwater in a few minutes or hours, which previously was not the case, making it's quick displacement difficult.
Second, in tandem, the highly heated sea water which surrounds Singapore causes it's volume to expand resulting in even higher sea level rises with sea water further encroaching inland.
This means, in times when the coastal tides are high, with corresponding heavy rain, which by the way is going to become more frequent, no matter what the authorities do, this will not solve the problem of having to discharge the water into the sea. In fact during these times, the flow of water is the other way round, from the sea into the island.
With the entire island only a few feet above water, and especially the commercial and shopping area built especially in low lying areas, I am afraid there is nothing Lee Kuan Yew and his million dollar ministers can do.
One should ask them why they did not think of this in their mad scramble of building construction on the island; a classic instance of an intolerant one party state who think only they know best.
Unfortunately, it is simply too late. You can expect more of these water sports days, for want of a better description, in downtown Singapore on a regular basis, and not freak occurrence once in 50 years as the Singaporean state controlled press would like us to believe.
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