Singapore safe from typhoons? One struck just 50km off island

2001 occurrence among near misses, natural disasters here researchers hope to learn from

A photo taken in 2018 showing a heavy downpour along North Bridge Road in City Hall.
A photo taken in 2018 showing a heavy downpour along North Bridge Road in City Hall.PHOTO: ST FILE

Think Singapore is immune to disasters? Researchers from the Nanyang Technological University have found that the Republic had endured, in total, more than two dozen natural disasters and civil emergencies since World War II, and faced several near misses as well.

Singapore, they said, needs to learn from what almost happened in the past to prepare itself for the future.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 17, 2019, with the headline 'Singapore safe from typhoons? One struck just 50km off island'. Print Edition | Subscribe