Tree falls along Geylang East Central amid thunderstorm

Tree falls along Geylang East Central amid thunderstorm

Geylang East fallen tree
A fallen tree along Geylang East Central caused at least one lane of the road to be impassable. (Photo: Loi Ling Ling)

SINGAPORE: Strong winds amid a thunderstorm toppled a large tree along Geylang East Central on Tuesday morning (Nov 14), causing bus services to be diverted.

Channel NewsAsia reader Loi Ling Ling said Geylang Methodist Primary School, which her son attends, notified parents at about 6.45am that a tree had fallen near the school.

She added that she saw the "huge" tree while sending her son to school at about 7.15am.

A photo taken by Ms Loi showed at least one lane of the road obstructed by the tree, which looked to have been completely uprooted.

At 7.40am, SBS Transit also announced on Twitter that several buses were diverted as the road was "impassable" from the fallen tree.

The transport operator updated at 9.22am that the diversion of the bus services had ceased.

The Marine Parade Town Council, which is in charge of the area where the tree fell, said it an investigation by its arborist found that the tree was healthy but had fallen due to strong winds and heavy rain.

"As an additional precaution, our horticulture contractor and arborist will be conducting additional checks on the trees within the vicinity," a spokesperson said.

Many parts of Singapore experienced thunderstorms early on Tuesday, with the Meteorological Service Singapore forecasting light to moderate rains will continue over many areas in the morning.

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Source: CNA/mz