Tuesday, April 20, 2004

soil subsidence, my ass!

heard about the Nicoll Highway road collapse on a taxi after my grocery shopping in NTUC Tampines. began to SMS all and sundry, especially those who were overseas.

the immediate media coverage was shaky and sorely lacking. the first "live" image was only at 1710hrs, the collapse happened at about 1530hrs. CNA's initial characterisation of the incident was a "soil subsidence". as if macham that it was a pothole! if this was Taiwan, the media would be there on the scene before the first police patrol car (well, it could be a good or bad thing). a lot of the "live" call-in coverage was gabra-like zebra. the correspondents were nervous and didn't know what they were talking about. one guy said "er, I have left the scene oredi..." What! having kopi isit???

so far, the casualties are 1 dead, 3 injured. Police, SCDF rescuers and sniffer dogs are now on the scene to check if anyone was trapped in the wreckage. thus far, it appears that no motorists were on the collapsed section of Nicoll Highway. Police says no evidence of terrorist sabotage thus far.


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