Injuries at Indonesia bourse after floor collapse
A photo taken from social media shows the interior of the Indonesia Stock Exchange after a floor allegedly collapsed on Monday. (Photo from Twitter/@adharves)
JAKARTA: Indonesia’s Stock Exchange reopened for the afternoon session on Monday after about a dozen people were injured in a floor collapse. All staff were safe, it said.
“A hundred percent of bourse members are connected and safe. Bourse system is not affected,” exchange chief Tito Sulistio told reporters outside the building in central Jakarta, according to Reuters.
Earlier, dozens of police officials were cordoning off the two-tower, multi-storey complex as many people ran away and others were seen sitting on steps outside the lobby.
Director of the stock exchange Alpino Kianjaya declined to comment on the incident.
Images circulating on social media showed a mangled metal structure that had collapsed around a Starbucks cafe near the entrance to the lobby.
Bloomberg quoted spokesman Rheza Andhika as saying that the floor collapsed into the ground level of the bourse’s Tower 2 and that it wasn’t an explosion. Footage aired on local television MetroTV showed several people lying on the ground at the entrance of the building.
The situation remains unclear, with employees still being accounted for, said Friderica Widyasari Dewi, president director at Indonesia Central Securities Depository, which is based at the stock exchange’s building.
The stock exchange building also houses the World Bank’s local office, according to the bourse’s website.
The benchmark stock index was little changed at 6,372.785 before the lunch break.
Jakarta police said they were seeking more information on the incident.
BREAKING: Scene at Jakarta stock exchange now. Floor collapse. Many casualties pic.twitter.com/n21IclcgWq
— Adam Harvey (@adharves) January 15, 2018