Sunday, July 11, 2010

Singapore's Marina Barrage helped prevent a bigger disaster

Ng Jing Yng in Today (Singapore): The Marina Barrage reservoir did help in preventing a bigger disaster during the recent flash floods, said Dr Amy Khor, who was present at yesterday's event in Bukit Gombak.

The Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, said that six out of the seven gates at the barrage were left open to manage the amount of rainfall during the heavy thunderstorms last month.

Dr Khor, also Member of Parliament for Hong Kah GRC, added that since the 1970s, the number of flood-prone areas had been reduced from 3,200 hectares to 66 hectares. The Government has spent at least $2 billion to improve the drainage system and will continue to review the current system, she said….

The Marina Bridge containing the press gates that form the barrier of the Marina Barrage in Singapore, shot by TimLee90, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative CommonsAttribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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