Two women died after their car plunged into the Alexandra Canal as they returned from a late evening shopping trip to the city centre.

The incident happened around 9pm on Sunday as the women, who are supposed to be a mother and her daughter, returned from the Valley Point Shopping Centre in River Valley Road, police said.

Their car, a silver Mercedes-Benz, hit the bushes and then plunged into the waters, Asia One reported, citing eyewitnesses.

The women have been identified as Madam Yep Lay Choo, 51, and her daughter, Ms Kimberly Poon, 22, the report said.

The bodies were recovered by Singapore police and the Civil Defence Force, and the two were pronounced dead at the scene.