- The second floor of the Jakarta Stock Exchange collapsed on Monday afternoon.
- At least 72 people have been taken to hospital.
- There are no confirmed reports of fatalities.
- The Indonesia Stock Exchange has reopened.
Dozens of people have been injured after the second floor of a Jakarta Stock Exchange tower collapsed Monday afternoon.
At least 72 people were taken to local hospitals, Argo Yuwono, a senior commissioner for Jakarta Police said, according to CNN.
According to correspondent Adam Harvey with the Australia Broadcasting Corporation, who is on the scene, the ceiling of the building’s lobby fell onto the reception area, where a Starbucks is located.
Video has emerged of the moment. Some readers might find the footage disturbing:
People in the lobby were hit by falling masonry, and pictures posted by Harvey show debris and large pieces of broken metal that fell to the floor.
BREAKING: Scene at Jakarta stock exchange now. Floor collapse. Many casualties pic.twitter.com/n21IclcgWq
— Adam Harvey (@adharves) January 15, 2018
Among the worst injured were 17 university students from the island of Sumatra, visiting on a study tour. Remarkably, no deaths have yet been reported as a result of the collapse.
A worker on the 23rd floor told Harvey they felt the building shake after hearing a loud “thud.” The building was then evacuated. An employee at the World Bank, which has an office in the same building, told the BBC a mezzanine level had come down.
Local station MetroTV showed footage of people running out of the building and some people lying on the ground near the entrance.
A police spokesperson told MetroTV, “we are still investigating the cause, but for now our priorities are the casualties.”
The incident occurred around 12:30pm local time, during the midday trading break. Markets reopened after the break.
“A hundred per cent of bourse members are connected and safe. Bourse system is not affected,” said exchange chief Tito Sulistio, as cited by Reuters.
The IDX Building is comprised of two 32-storey towers. Tower two, where the collapse occurred, was completed in 1998.
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