The second floor of the Indonesia Stock Exchange collapsed into the lobby, injuring scores of people. Jakarta Police report that 75 people were injured, while three local hospitals have taken in 52 people – most of whom have injuries to their legs and arms.
A group of touring college students were among the injured according to local media.
The moment of collapse can be seen here:
— lesley (@sassenfrazz) January 15, 2018
— RTSinfo (@RTSinfo) January 15, 2018
Selasar atap Tower II Bursa Efek Indonesia (BEI), Senayan, Jakarta, roboh pada 15/1/2018 pukul 12.10 Wib. Puing menimpa sejumlah orang yang berada di bawahnya. Beberapa korban luka dirawat di RS Mintoharjo, RSPP dan MRCCC. #BreakingNews #ElshintaHotNews # pic.twitter.com/1Qy2ElRQz6
— Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (@Sutopo_PN) January 15, 2018
Scene at Jakarta stock exchange now pic.twitter.com/aHJCfW2oFU
— Adam Harvey (@adharves) January 15, 2018
According to Nick Owen, Indonesia correspondent for The Economist, “The stock exchange is one of Jakarta’s most modern buildings, hosting offices of World Bank and others. Not where one would expect such a disaster to occur.”
The stock exchange is one of Jakarta’s most modern buildings, hosting offices of World Bank and others. Not where one would expect such a disaster to occur https://t.co/IG61tU0GxU
— Nick Owen (@n1ck0wen) January 15, 2018
According to Bloomberg, “The stock exchange complex is composed of two 32-floor towers, with the intact Tower 1 completed in 1994 and the damaged Tower 2 in 1998, according to the developer Sudirman Central Business District’s website. The building also houses the World Bank’s local office, according to the bourse’s website. The exchange switched to automated trading in May 1995, clearing the trading floor of brokers. President Joko Widodo visited the exchange on the last trading day of 2017, his third visit in 6 months.”
In September 2000, the building was attacked in a suicide bombing by Islamic militants, however a bomb has been ruled out in yesterday’s collapse. The stock exchange said it would continue trading as normal “without significant change to the trading schedule.”