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Following the high-profile accident where a heritage tree fell at the Singapore Botanic Garden, government agency National Parks (NParks) defended themselves saying they conduct checks on the fallen tree twice a year. Without giving details on the previous inspection and explaining why did the 40m-long 270-year-old Tembusu tree fell, NParks said the last inspection was done in September 2016 and the tree was found to be healthy. NParks commissioner, Dr Leong Chee Chiew, then glossed over to say all trees in the vicinity have been cleared as safe.

“NParks is deeply saddened by the tree fall incident at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased and we will render whatever assistance possible to them. We share the public’s concerns about the safety of the trees in the Botanic Gardens especially in view of the recent spate of intense weather conditions. We have completed a detailed check of all the trees in Palm Valley and they are safe. We are also in the midst of conducting more checks for trees in the vicinity of the Palm Valley (such as the Rainforest) and all the Heritage Trees in the Gardens.”

A 38-year-old Indian national who works as a marketing chief at multi-national company Fastacash was declared to be the only deceased in the accident yesterday (Feb 11). Her husband, a French expat in Singapore, and two twin children were injured but did not suffer any major injuries. The fifth victim is a 26-year-old Singaporean lady.