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JEM shops soaked by "indoor rain"

Some shops in Jurong shopping mall JEM were cordoned off for about four hours after the sprinklers on the third level of the mall went off, covering the floor with about three centimetres of water.

SINGAPORE: An issue with Jurong shopping mall JEM's atrium sprinklers caused parts of the shopping mall to be covered with about three centimetres of water on Tuesday.

A statement from mall management Lend Lease said the atrium-side sprinklers on the third floor had been triggered at 12:15pm, resulting in water collecting at a small section of the mall's common areas on Basement 1, the first and second floors.

Lend Lease did not say what triggered the sprinklers but that the water was cleared by 4pm.

Channel NewsAsia understands about 15 shops were cordoned off after cleaners had mopped up the affected area.

Salesgirl Dharishini Doraisamy told Channel NewsAsia the incident was like "indoor rain" that lasted for a few minutes. 

VIDEO: Shopfloor covered in water, shot by Instagram user @vlbfana

VIDEO: 10 massage chairs on display damaged by "rain", shot by Adrian Chee

Despite Lend Lease saying that JEM is still open for business, some shops remained closed, with Lowry's Farm and Poh Heng Jewellery staff saying they would remain shut for the rest of the day to clean up. 

Ogawa, a manufacturer of massage chairs, said about 10 chairs and other smaller equipment were damaged, though the extent of the damage was unclear.

JEM opened almost a year ago to the day on June 15, 2013 - after a four-day delay because it could not secure a fire permit in time.

Last August, two fires broke out, and in September, the mall was closed for almost two weeks after a burst pipe led to the collapse of a false ceiling.

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