SINGAPORE (CNA) – Heavy rain fell across parts of Singapore yesterday afternoon, with photos and videos circulating on WhatsApp showing vehicles damaged by falling trees and branches.
National water agency PUB issued warnings of flood and heavy rain on several occasions, one of which was a flash flood warning for Upper Paya Lebar Road at 4.35pm.
“Due to heavy rain, water levels in drains have reached 90 per cent in these areas… Please avoid the above areas for the next one hour,” said PUB in a Facebook post.
The Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) warned on Twitter of “thundery showers over many areas” in the afternoon.
Photos and videos on WhatsApp showed trees and branches falling on vehicles amid the rain yesterday.
One video showed that a tree had fallen on an SMRT bus in Sungei Gedong. In another, parts of a tree blocked off a road in the area.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a call for assistance along Lim Chu Kang Road at about 4.55pm yesterday.
“SCDF’s assistance was not required,” it said.
In another incident, a tree fell on a white car in Punggol, smashing the windscreen.
SCDF officers were seen removing debris from the car.
SCDF said it received a call for assistance at the carpark driveway near Block 289C Punggol Place at about 3.15pm yesterday.
“Upon SCDF’s arrival, a person was found trapped in the driver’s seat of a car,”
“SCDF rescued the person using cutting equipment. There were no reported injuries.”
CNA has contacted SMRT and NParks for more information.