77 injured after floor of Indonesia Stock Exchange collapses

Violet Powell
January 18, 2018

A walkway at the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX) building in Jakarta collapsed around noon on Monday, January 15, causing more than 70 people to sustain injuries.

Police told reporters they had ruled out the possibility that the collapse was caused by a bomb.

The structure that collapsed was a mezzanine floor, a national police spokesman said.

Hundreds of students were in the building at the time, Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono added.

At least 30 people were hospitalized after the incident, but as many as 77 people were injured, according to the New York Daily News.

Television footage showed several people lying on the ground and being carried outside the building, with crowds of panicked and screaming people being evacuated amid piles of debris.

The building is one of a two-tower complex that was hit by a auto bombing by Islamist militants in September 2000, the Reuters news agency points out.

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"I heard a loud noise and just happened to step back and was just hit by some debris", he said, recounting the incident.

Stock exchange president director Tito Sulistio said the exchange would pay for the treatment of the visiting students.

"I work underneath the bridge", said Nur Septi Febriananda, a receptionist, referring to another part of the same mezzanine floor that fell.

"It was very crowded here as there was a student visit programme going on when the collapse occurred", the witness said.

A spokeswoman for Jakarta's Siloam Hospital said it had received more than two dozen victims.

The accident in Jakarta's plush financial district has shocked even a country that is used to natural and manmade disasters and where safety standards are often loosely enforced.

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