How to Survive Floods

Last April 28, 2013, the intersection of Chai Chee Road and Upper Changi Road in Singapore experienced flash floods after the heavy outpour. Other areas with high flood risk include Chin Cheng Avenue close to Jamiyah Children’s home, Siglap Road, Marine Parade Road, Bedok South Road and South Avenue 1 and Geylang River.


Other neighbouring countries also experience flash floods-some are worse than the others. If it is uncontrollable, the government should consider immediate actions. But before anything else, the public should know the causes, implications and the solution of the government pertaining to flash floods. Here’s a look:


When it rains, some of the water is retained by the soil, some is absorbed by vegetations, some evaporates and the remaining gets to stream channels. Floods happen when soil and vegetation cannot absorb all water or inability of the water to reach towards streams, ponds and reservoirs. Flash floods refer to the rapid rise and fall of water in an area. Sometimes it happens so fast that little or no advance warnings are given.


Floods have various negative effects. It can surely damage the property and endanger the lives of its people and animals. It can also cause soil erosion. The habitat of fishes and wildlife will be destroyed. Financial losses are evident because when there is flood, all transactions and infrastructures will stop until it is reconstructed or rehabilitated.


The only solution is flood control. The government should think of ways to control the flood to protect the people, their property and the government’s infrastructure. There are many methods a government can undertake, they can start with reforestation and construction of dams, reservoirs and flood ways.

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