Update: 1 dead, 4 injured. Extent of injuries for the 4 remain unknown.
A giant Tembusu tree at Singapore Botanic Garden fell this afternoon around 4.25pm today (Feb 11) and hit 5 people, including two children. It is unknown the extent of the injuries sustained, but 3 ambulances were reportedly sent to the National University Hospital. According to an eyewitness, a woman was unconscious after the tree, estimated to be about 40m long, fell on her.
According to witnesses, loud cracking noises were heard before the tree fell and it happened within 5 seconds. The fallen tree hit near the spot where a concert organised by the Canada High Commission was to be held at 5pm. The event was cancelled following the accident.
The Tembusu tree is a heritage tree and it is featured on the Singapore’s 5-dollar note. Maintenance of trees are done by National Parks (NParks) under the National Environment Agency (NEA), however no media responses was made by NParks or NEA.