24 Jan '11, 4am

Brisbane floods offer valuable lessons to Singapore students

Brisbane floods offer valuable lessons to Singapore students

SINGAPORE – More than a week after Brisbane survived its worst floods in decades and the threat of 5 metre high waters, muddied homes and slushy suburbs are being swamped, this time by an outpouring of aid. Lucas Goh, a Singaporean studying in Brisbane, moved out of his apartment at the height of the floods and returned days later to find a roomful of total strangers. “When I entered my unit, there were 20 volunteers ripping out the carpet for me and cleaning my place for me,” said the PhD student in Bio Sciene. As upset as Goh was about the damage worth “at least a few thousand dollars”, he was glad at the helping hand. Fellow Singaporean and University of Queensland PhD student Phua Yu Leng, returned from the suburb of St. Lucia where he escaped the floods to find his home and belongings intact. “Just a street away, the floods went into the apartments even though they we...

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