Published: Tue, January 16, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Jakarta stock exchange ceiling collapse: Dozens hurt in chaotic scenes in Indonesia

Jakarta stock exchange ceiling collapse: Dozens hurt in chaotic scenes in Indonesia

JAKARTA, INDONESIA-Nearly 80 people were injured after a mezzanine floor inside the Jakarta Stock Exchange tower in Indonesia collapsed.

Most of the injured are reported to be college students from Palembang in Sumatra who were visiting the stock exchange as part of a study tour.

A statement from officials did not say what caused the collapse but police said they found no explosive devices. The building also houses numerous worldwide businesses and agencies, including the World Bank.

In 2000 at least 10 people were killed and dozens injured by a auto bomb at the exchange complex.

Safety standards are often loosely enforced in Indonesia. Water pipes had burst", stock exchange employee Megha Kapoor told the Telegraph."I heard a loud cracking sound.

He wrote: "Floor collapse".

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That may depend on the definition of the word "accident", and that might also impact the tenancy of the complex in other ways. A police investigation found multiple safety violations.

Dramatic CCTV footage aired on television showed a floor shearing away in a matter of seconds under the students.

"There are some victims but they have been taken to a nearby hospital", Yuwono told reporters. Its president said he believed the number of injured was below 20.

"Slabs of concrete started to fall, there was lots of dust".

The stock exchange has re-opened for the afternoon session, with exchange chief Tito Sulistio saying the system was "not affected".

The exchange has resumed business.

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