Flash floods hit parts of Singapore on Tuesday afternoon

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Floods at Orchard Road. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Pedestrians walking through the flood at Orchard Road. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - Flash floods blanketed several parts of Singapore on Tuesday (April 18) afternoon, with water submerging vehicles up to mid-tyre level.

Water agency PUB said in a tweet at 1.33pm, quoting the National Environment Agency, that heavy rain was expected over the southern and western parts of Singapore from 1.35pm to 2.25pm.

It then warned of high flood risks at various places from 1.35pm to 2.33pm, including Exeter Road and Somerset Road, Cuscaden Road and Tomlinson Road, and Stevens Road and Balmoral Road.

According to a video sent in by Straits Times reader Yap Lip Kee, a car is seen driving through water that is at least up to half its tyres outside the Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre. It stops after a while and bystanders are heard exclaiming: "It's stuck".

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A taxi follows behind it soon after and manages to make its way through the water.

NEA warned in an update at 2.46pm that heavy thundery showers are expected over many parts of Singapore between 2.45pm and 3.50pm.

Water level sensors and CCTVs in Singapore. GRAPHIC: PUB

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