Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore's state controlled newspapers online edition of Sept 9, 2010 has the story "Floods hit Little India, CBD". It says "A heavy downpour more than 2 hours in the late morning on Wednesday caused flash floods in several city areas. Worst hit was Little Inida, around Jalan Besar, Rowell Road and Hindoo Road traffic snarled and businesses were affected."
It says water was ankle deep. However pictures of the flood show water half way up cars which looks more like a couple of feet.
This sort of flooding in Singapore is even worse than what happened in Pakistan. There it was caused by the monsoons, which comes once a year. Rest of the year it is dry. In Singapore on the other hand, flooding is not caused by monsoons but by the daily evaporation and condensation of water vapour, which rises, condenses in high altitudes and comes down as rain.
As climate change has caused air temperature to rise, and rising, the air itself can contain a much larger volume of water vapour, which in turn means it now it does not just rain, the sky opens its floodgates with a ton of water just dropping from the sky.
This is why you have these increasingly frequent floods, which, I am sad to say, consequent on the constant and progressive increase of air temperature, is going to be more and more frequent, more and more intense, and the flooding deeper and even more widespread.
Soon, in the not too distant future, the entire island would be flooded, save Bukit Timah hill.
With the flooding increasing and more widespread, it is going to flood even more basement car parks than in the past, many which contain electrical boxes, causing fire and human fatalities. It is also going to flood the underground rail system trapping trains underground and drowning passengers trapped in trains and underground platforms.
And mind you, the entire city of Singapore, a tiny piece of land 16 miles across and 26 miles vertical, is only a few feet above water. And this small piece of land contains no less than 5 million people, which the government intends to increase very soon to 6.5 million.
In order to house this population into this tiny strip of land, the government is going to build even more concrete high rise apartments into a space which is already packed like sardines, generating even more heat, and thereby creating even more intense flooding.
The warmer the air temperature, the more the flooding.
I wish I could say these floods were once in a lifetime occurrence which one government minister claimed and which has been roundly disproved, or at least that it is going to be the same. No the prognosis is more calamitous than that, I am sorry to say. The frequency of these floods is going to progressively increase because of climate change. There will come a time I fear that Singapore cannot accommodate a million people, let alone 6.5 million unless it is turned somehow into an equatorial Venice.
I fear businesses leaving en masse, the recent immigrants turning around and going home and Lee Kuan Yew, once dead, results in his million dollar minister also turning around and heading to higher ground, not in Singapore but elsewhere.
To be fair, Lee Kuan Yew and his friends are only partly liable. True, they thoughtlessly kept on building massive structures and flooded the island (pardon the pun) with immigrants. But as for what Mother Nature is doing to Singapore, they cannot be faulted.
After all even lee Kuan Yew cannot stop the rain.
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