03 Jun '11, 1am

Upgrading works at Balestier to alleviate flooding problems were already being planned, but were too late for student

Upgrading works at Balestier to alleviate flooding problems were already being planned, but were too late for student

A worker putting up railings yesterday at the drain near where Indonesian student William Lim, 15, fell, got swept away and drowned on Wednesday. Flood waters during a heavy downpour that day had obscured the drain and he had unwittingly stepped into it. -- ST PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN UPGRADING works were already being planned at Mandalay Road in Balestier to alleviate the flooding problem there, and the PUB had drawn up a tender for the project which comes out today. Unfortunately, this was too late for Indonesian student William Lim, 15, who unwittingly walked into a rain-swollen drain in the area on Wednesday, got swept away and drowned. On Thursday, the national water agency said that plans had started earlier this year to widen the drains in the area, cover them and also raise the roads. The project was scheduled to start in September after the tender was called, and would...

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