SINGAPORE – A section of MRT tunnels between Toa Payoh and Braddell stations were flooded after torrential rain Saturday (Oct 7), rendering a large stretch of the North-South Line inoperable. 

The flood waters got into the tunnels despite flood prevention measures having been improved recently, The Straits Times understands.

In a tweet at 5.36pm, train operator SMRT said there was no train service between Bishan and Toa Payoh stations towards Marina South Pier “due to a track fault”..

At 6.05pm, it updated that train services were not available between Ang Mo Kio and Marina South Pier. 

Bus bridging services were activated.

Separately, a fire was spotted in a tunnel between Marina Bay and Raffles Place stations. It has since been put out. It is not linked to the flood, although electrical short circuits caused by water had sparked tunnel fires before.

ST has contacted the Singapore Civil Defence Force for more information.

MRT tunnels are equipped with pumps which will kick in when tunnels are flooded. It is not known why they could not cope with the flood.

A display at Braddell MRT station on Oct 7, 2017.  ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

Marketing manager P. Pang, 45, told The Straits Times that he boarded the train at Yio Chu Kang MRT at 5.37pm.

“The train was stuck at the station for quite a while. When I checked SMRT twitter and realised there was a track fault, I got off at Ang Mo Kio. But people were still boarding the train, as there was no instructions asking them not to,” he said.

The North-East line too was hit by a train fault on Saturday.

In a tweet at 12.39pm, train operator SBS Transit said service towards Punggol station was delayed due to a train fault at Sengkang station. Train service resumed about 20 minutes later. 

The NSL train service disruption came as the National Environment Agency issued warnings of heavy rain with gusty winds over many parts of Singapore on Saturday.

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