Singapore

At least 5 cars damaged as tree topples in Sims Drive

A six-storey-tall tree damaged at least five cars after toppling in an open-air carpark next to Block 41 Sims Drive.

The incident took place at 5am yesterday morning after a heavy downpour.

Based on typical Housing Board building measurements, a tree the height of a six-storey flat would be 15m to more than 17m.

A resident, Mr Chia Tuck Soon, said he saw police officers at the scene at around 7am as the tree was being removed. He estimated the tree to be about 35 years old based on its height.

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His ComfortDelGro taxi was one of the vehicles damaged. Others include a red Mitsubishi and a blue Hyundai.

The Straits Times understands that no injuries were reported.

Mr Chia, 58, is worried about whether his taxi is insured under ComfortDelGro. "Repair work will be costly and it's harder to make ends meet these days when I am getting fewer passengers due to Covid-19," he said.

In photographs by Chinese-language daily Lianhe Wanbao, affected owners could be seen covering their cars with clear plastic sheets or bin liners after the rear windows were damaged. - THE STRAITS TIMES

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