$1.2b FLOOD CONTROL

Heavy rains in Singapore caused flooding at junction of Upper Changi and Bedok North Ave 4 on Jan 8, 2018.
Heavy rains in Singapore caused flooding at junction of Upper Changi and Bedok North Ave 4 on Jan 8, 2018. ST PHOTO: ALVIN HO

The total flood-prone area in Singapore today is almost 100 times smaller than in 1970, with $1.2 billion being spent on drain improvement works since 2011 and another $500 million earmarked for the next two to three years to upgrade existing drains. Jose Hong looks at the success story of Singapore's anti-flood measures while also cautioning why flooding will never be completely eliminated, especially in a time of climate change.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2018, with the headline '$1.2b FLOOD CONTROL'. Print Edition | Subscribe