Indonesia Stocks Exchange (IDX) illustration.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) closed up 12.130 points (0.19 percent) to 6,382.195 on Monday’s (15/1) trading after a mezzanine floor inside the Jakarta Stock Exchange tower collapsed, injuring more than 50 people and forcing a chaotic evacuation.

TV footage showed the lobby strewn with debris and people being helped out of the building while others lay on the grass or steps outside the tower.

National police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said victims were taken to three hospitals.

Most of the injured were college students from Palembang in Sumatra who were visiting the stock exchange as part of a study tour. Wasisto ruled out terrorism as a cause of the collapse.

“There is no bomb element in the incident,” he said.

Figures given by spokespeople for three hospitals show 52 people were injured. A spokeswoman for Jakarta’s Siloam Hospital said it had received more than two dozen victims.

A college student from Palembang said she felt a tremor just before the floor collapsed.

“The structure suddenly collapsed, causing chaos,” the student, identified as Ade, told MetroTV.

She said some of her friends were hit by debris and suffered head wounds and broken bones.

The stock exchange remained until afternoon trading session and its general manager, Tito Sulistio, asserted no one had been killed.

“I guarantee that there were no fatalities,” he said.

Indonesia Financial Services Authority (FSA) ensure that the trade session will continue uninterrupted, as an Initial Public Offering (IPO) is scheduled for the main hall tomorrow.

“Transaction process and settlement are as normal, without any interruption in electricity or the network,” said Anto Prabowo, an official from FSA.

Meanwhile, Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani shows her concern on the building safety procedure referring the place is one of Indonesian top places for business activities. World Bank, The British Council and Merrill Lynch Indonesia are one of top tenant in the building.

“This is very unfortunate. Particularly in a building that we consider vital, because it facilitates the trading of shares,” she said.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here