Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a lost cause. You cannot fight nature. Singapore is progressively sinking into a watery grave. And there is no running from it.
In this month alone you had 3 massive floods in a row, in what is worse, the prime shopping area, Orchard Road. It is the one location that Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore takes pride in, it is is there that the unprecedented flooding had occurred. PAP pride could not have been damaged more than this.
And if this was an isolated incident, they could come over it. No, it is not an isolated incident. It is something that is not only going to occur again and again, but with greater regularity and even deeper floods.
A cursory reading of geography should make this clear. The air temperature above Singapore progressively increases with global warming and the massive ongoing concrete building development. A higher air temperature means the atmosphere can hold a much greater quantity of moisture. Which means, with precipitation, a much greater deluge of water pouring from the skies. Simultaneously the sea water temperature continues to progressively rise and with ever increasing temperatures, it naturally continues to expand, which means encroaching sea water all around the island with ever increasing sea levels.
If the Marina Barrage keeps the Kallang river from backtracking at high tide and heavy rain, it does not stop other parts of Singapore beaches and canals from being flooded from encroaching sea water. Unless you circle Singapore with a continuous line of Marina Barrages all round the island in a cocoon, at other places water will continue to encroach. Remember the entire island is a very low lying place and Singapore Changi Airfield runway itself is only a few feet above sea level.
When I was a young, I lived at Exeter Road, at the very spot where the Somerset MRT is now standing. There was a wide visible open canal that ran parallel next to Orchard Road from where the Mandarin Hotel now stands all the way to Tanglin. From Mandarin Hotel going south, it travelled behind what was then Pavilion Theater heading towards Killiney Road and then disappearing underground, reappearing at Dhoby Ghaut. That canal used to flood on occasion but if it did, it was only very minor. I remember, as a young boy of 12 or so, I used to watch the swollen canal standing behind the PUB flats in Somerset Road across the canal where the back of Pavilion Theater stood on the other side.
Some boys used to tie a rope across the fast flowing swollen canal some distance down stream. They used to dive into the canal and be carried down stream by fast flowing flood waters and the idea was to grab the rope across the river when they reach it. Of course it was a very dangerous thing, since if you missed the rope, it was certain death since only a few more feet and the canal disappears underground at Killiney Road only to surface again some distance away near Dhoby Ghaut.
I never dared try it. I know of 2 boys who missed the rope and drowned, their bodies found much further downstream.
I have digressed but the point is this. The reason for the flooding at Orchard Road is simply bad engineering. It was a bad idea to cover the canal since today, the entire stretch where the canals runs is now a walkway, with the canal under it. With the massive quantities of rainy deluge from the sky, the engineers when they built it did not take into account global warming. Today far too much water is being forced into these hidden canals whose capacity is simply inadequate.
And with all the prime exclusive million dollar high rise skyscrapers built around them, you simply cannot expand them to take more water.
And this is not what Singapore is only facing. The bad news is this situation is going to become progressively worse, by the minute, by the hour, and by the day.
If Mother Nature was a fan of Winston Churchill, she would probably tell Singapore's tin pot tyrant Lee Kuan Yew this " I have nothing to offer but blood toil tears and sweat", or "Rain, rain and more rain".
I think if Lee Kuan Yew were eventually to become a God fearing man, it would be a good idea for him to repent his terrible sins, such as abusing the law to silence JB Jeyaretnam, bankrupting Dr. Chee Soon Juan and locking up Chia Thye Poh for 31 years. Repentance may help depending of course on whether Mother Nature will forgive a man like that.
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