At least two injured in the collapse of the Jakarta building

JAKARTA: a five story in Jakarta In part, it collapsed on Monday morning, injuring at least two people who were taken to the hospital, authorities said.

TV images showed about half the building on Jakarta 's western side had caved in with concrete and other debris lying on the road. Rescue officials were seen carrying people out on stretchers.

The structure is a mixed residential-commercial space with a convenience store on the ground floor and small rental units on the upper floors.

The upper floors of the building were empty, while the second floor was a warehouse and a place for employees to rest, police chief Audie Latuheru told reporters.

Employees escaped when they heard crunches. The two injured people were outside the building when the accident occurred, he added.

Indonesia's national search and rescue agency said three people were injured.

Initial media reports said eight people were injured, but police later said that figure included evacuees from the building.

It was not immediately clear what caused the accident or if it was related to flooding caused by torrential rain in the capital region last week that left more than 60 people dead.

The search and rescue agency said it seemed that the downpours could have played a role.

We found evidence of rooftop flooding and the third and fourth floors had no water drainage system, said Budi Purnama, national director of operations for Indonesia The search and rescue agency.

The water had seeped through the walls ... the structure couldn't take it anymore. Police and an eyewitness said the accident began shortly after 9:00 am local time (0200 GMT).

The building suddenly collapsed, witness Ridwan Ria told AFP.

There was a thunderous noise and it happened very fast. In seconds the building collapsed.

There was no sound or strange noise beforehand, the 60-year-old store owner added.

Another witness said there was water dripping from the roof of the building store on Sunday.

Since yesterday I noticed that something was wrong, the witness, identified as Juni, told local television.

I went to the store yesterday and saw that the place was wet with water dripping from the ceiling. Police told AFP that another witness, identified as an employee of a convenience store, said the building began to lean to the side two years ago.

Lax construction standards have raised widespread concerns about building safety in Indonesia.

In 2018, a group of teenagers practising for a dance and music show were among seven killed when the building they were in collapsed in , east of Jakarta .

The same year, at least 75 people were injured when a mezzanine floor at Indonesia 's stock exchange building in Jakarta collapsed into the lobby.

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