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. There were no fatalities in the incident. The stock market re-opened at its usual time of 1:30 pm, and business remained unhindered. By the end of the day, the idea closed at 6,382.195, or 2 per cent higher.
Argo Yuwono, spokesman for the Jakarta police, stated that the 77 people who had been injured were receiving treatment in four different hospitals. Many of them had been trapped under debris when the walkway collapsed.The police have also said that explosive devices were not found in the incident, which occurred in the walkway atop the building’s main lobby, an area where visitors to IDX are checked and screened before being allowed entrance.
A number of those hurt in the incident were visiting students from a university. The walkway is a commonly used area that people use for crossing between the two towers of IDX. Firemen managed to get all the injured rescued quickly and sent to hospital for medical care.
The director of IDX, Alpino Kianjaya, has chosen not comment as yet regarding the incident. However, as president-director at the stock exchange, Tito Sulistio, told news agency Bloomberg, “Trading continued as normal despite the grave incident, evidence that the disaster recovery plan set out by the bourse is working successfully.”
Netizens shared videos that went viral online of people running out of the building, yelling, and also the injured being given emergency care outside IDX.
Investigations on the walkway collapse will continue, according to the building administration, as well as the stock exchange itself.
Netizens speculated as to the structural weaknesses and deficiencies of the walkway.
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