SINGAPORE – Civil defence officers evacuated motorists and passengers from about 13 vehicles stuck in the flooded waters caused by heavy rains near on Friday (Aug 20) morning.

One person with leg pain was taken to Changi General Hospital, and five people were brought to safety at nearby sheltered areas, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a statement. 

The vehicles were partially submerged at the junction of Tampines Avenue 10 and Pasir Ris Drive 12 and were unable to move, SCDF added.

SCDF officers brought the people in the vehicles to safety at nearby sheltered areas after it received a call for help at about 7.40am, the statement added.

It said 25 people managed to evacuate their vehicles before SCDF officers arrived. 

Earlier, SCDF had said its officers from an ambulance crew had assessed two persons for injuries.

Heavy rains also caused major traffic jams in other parts of Singapore on Friday morning and the authorities warned of flood risks.

In a Facebook post at about 8am, PUB said water levels in drains and canals reached 90 per cent in some parts of Singapore due to the heavy rain.

Many areas were at risk of flash floods, it added, and PUB asked that people avoid the following areas for the next hour.

– Siang Kuang Avenue (Unit 35) 

– Upper Paya Lebar Road 

– Lorong Gambir/Gambir Walk 

– Puay Hee Avenue/Siak Kew Avenue 

– Lorong 2 Toa Payoh (Block 122) 

– Langsat Road/Lorong 105 Changi 

– MacPherson Road/Playfair Road

– Mount Vernon Road 

– Playfair Road outlet drain (Bartley Road East) 

– Jalan Lokam/Upper Paya Lebar Road

A woman walks past a canal during a heavy downpour at Bukit Panjang on 20 Aug, 2021. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

At around 10am, PUB added the following areas that people should avoid for the next hour.

– Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1/Teck Whye Lane

– Woodlands Road/KJE

– Choa Chu Kang Way/Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1

The Meteorological Service Singapore said on Monday (Aug 16) more thundery showers are expected in the rest of August due to prevailing south-west monsoon conditions.

Heavy rain in Bukit Panjang on Aug 21, 2021.

Scenes from this morning’s flash flood at Tampines Ave 10 and Pasir Ris Drive 12.

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Last modified: August 20, 2021