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    May 20, 2016

    Sengkang lifts 'rain' when it pours

    RESIDENTS at a Housing Board flat in Sengkang have to use umbrellas in lifts that are said to leak when it rains, with some expressing safety concerns.

    The elevators are in Block 433A, Sengkang West Way, Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily News reported yesterday.

    Mr Lai, a 65-year-old retiree, told Shin Min that it was "raining" in the lift some days back when there were heavy downpours in Sengkang.

    He had been taking his grandsons home at about 5.30pm.

    "The water kept dripping from the middle and both sides of the lift doors. I had to carry an umbrella even while taking the lift; it's unbelievable," said Mr Lai.

    According to him, both lifts "leak" in this way.

    Another resident, Mr Hong, a 49-year-old used car salesman, said he had also had a similar experience and had taken a photo of the "flooding" for evidence.

    He added that fellow residents had encountered the damp lifts earlier in February, and he was worried that the leaks could pose an electrical hazard.

    Other than the issue of leaking, the lift also indicates that it is overloaded even though there are only two people in it, Shin Min noted.

    Mr Hong said: "The lifts here malfunction once or twice a month on average.

    "I hope this can change."

    Speaking to Shin Min, MP for Sengkang West, Lam Pin Min, said preliminary evaluations show that rain gets into the lift lobbies in times of heavy rain, and subsequently into the lift shafts.

    The HDB is following up on this matter and looking into the installation of canopies to stop the rain from coming in.

    Dr Lam added that the town council will also inform the cleaners to clear away the excess water so that it does not enter the lifts.

    Lift maintenance has been in the spotlight recently.

    A 78-year-old man died on Monday after he fell and hit his head while backing out of an HDB lift that was reportedly not level with the landing in Pasir Ris.