17 Jan '11, 10am

[TR] Queensland floods versus Singapore floods

Singaporeans ought to know that after the 1974 great floods in Queensland, the government immediately took steps to avoid it by building the Ayvenhoe Dam. The dam was built to take up only a certain height of water above which water must be released through the flood gates so that the dam will not burst. This happened, unfortunately it would have been possible that it was left too late which made the dam build up dangerously so that the floodgates had to be opened full. This plus the incessant rain caused the floods. A commission of inquiry is being set up to find out the actual cause. Governments ought to take responsibility to prevent such floods. Floods are seldom natural as they can be caused by poor planning. That is what happened in Singapore- the intellegent government.

Full article: http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/01/17/queensland-floods...

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