Crowds gather along procession route for Mr Lee Kuan Yew's funeral despite rain

Crowds gather along procession route for Mr Lee Kuan Yew's funeral despite rain

SINGAPORE - Undeterred by the rain, crowds have gathered to queue for Singapore's founding father Mr Lee Kuan Yew's state funeral procession Sunday morning.

According to The Straits Times, people started streaming into the Padang area by 7.45am. More than 100 also lined St Andrew's Road and some were spotted with mats and laptops to pass their time.

Mr Lee will be making his final journey through Singapore at 12.30pm. His coffin, which has been lying in state since March 25, will leave Parliament House.

The total number of people who turned up for the lying in state at Parliament House is 454,687 (with an average throughput of 6,500 visitors per hour). 

About 170 foreign dignitaries from about 27 countries were also present during the lying in state at Parliament House.

There are currently 131,450 condolence cards at Parliament House.

Barricades have already gone up from Parliament House. There are also approximately 1,000 volunteers from the People's Association giving out more than 200,000 state flags across Singapore.

Since 6.45am in the morning, real estate agent Joanne Lee, 35, had been waiting with her friend in front of Parliament House, where there was already a crowd of about 30 people according to The Straits Times.

Another member of the public, Edwin Hoo, 38, was present along with his five-year-old daughter. He said: "I want to teach my daughter about Lee Kuan Yew."

A gun carriage, which will convey Mr Lee's coffin, will pass significant national landmarks such as the City Hall, NTUC Centre, the Singapore Conference Hall and Marina Barrage.

It will then go through Queenstown, and Clementi for the funeral service at the University Cultural Centre (UCC) at the National University of Singapore.

The funeral service will be from 2pm to 5.15pm. Thereafter, the coffin will be taken to Mandai Crematorium for a private cremation.

stephluo@sph.com.sg

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