At least a dozen trees toppled across Singapore during storms in the past week

Workers clearing a tree at Alexandra Terrace after it fell following storms, on Sept 18, 2016.
Workers clearing a tree at Alexandra Terrace after it fell following storms, on Sept 18, 2016.PHOTO: SHIN MIN
On Sunday (Sept 18), a number of trees were uprooted at East Coast Park.
On Sunday (Sept 18), a number of trees were uprooted at East Coast Park.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - Stormy weather has brought down at least a dozen trees across the island in the past week, Chinese evening paper Shin Min Daily News reported on Monday (Sept 19).

On Sunday (Sept 18), a number of trees were uprooted at East Coast Park, while another fallen tree blocked the road at Alexandra Terrace.

Other locations affected last week included Bras Basah near the Raffles Hotel, Yishun and Whampoa.

On Sept 11, a 32m-tall heritage tree fell and smashed into Pearl Bank Apartments in Chinatown.

 

The National Parks Board (NParks) said that falling branches and trees are usually the result of strong winds and heavy rain, as opposed to poor tree health.

The National Environment Agency has forecast a wetter than usual September, with "widespread thundery showers with occasional gusty winds" likely in the mornings.

NParks inspects trees in populated areas at least once a year and prunes trees where necessary to reduce the weight of their crowns. The agency also carries out exercises to replace trees that are vulnerable to storms with hardier species.

Trees in public areas can fall under the purview of different agencies depending on their locations, such as NParks, the Singapore Land Authority, or the Housing Development Board.