08 Oct '11, 9pm

Singapore on alert for floods: Vivian Balakrishnan

SINGAPORE - Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan is confident that, with intelligent use of technology and a more informed public, the flood problem can be resolved. He said this when asked about the flood control preparations ahead of the wet season in December. He also said all agencies are on alert. An expert panel had on Thursday recommended that Singapore review its drainage system, which it felt was not adequate to cope with increasingly intense rainfall. It had also pushed for a more sophisticated monitoring system. The expert panel's final report is due in January. Dr Balakrishnan told reporters yesterday he broadly agreed with their views, saying they will provide the impetus for national water agency PUB to redesign the entire water system. Possible measures include improving drains and increasing the amount of rainwater absorbed into the ...

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