At least two injured in Jakarta building collapse

JAKARTA (CNA) – A five-storey building in Jakarta partly collapsed yesterday, injuring at least two people who were taken to hospital, authorities said.

TV images showed about half the building on Jakarta’s western side had caved in with concrete and other debris lying on the road. Rescue officials were seen carrying people out on stretchers.

The structure is a mixed residential-commercial space with a convenience store on the ground floor and small rental units on the upper floors.

“The upper floors of the building were empty, while the second floor was a warehouse and a place for employees to rest,” West Jakarta Police Chief Audie Latuheru told reporters.

“The employees ran away when they heard creaking sounds. The two injured people were outside of the building when the accident happened,” he added.

Indonesia’s national search and rescue agency said three people were injured.

Initial media reports said eight people were wounded, but police later said that figure included those evacuated from the building.

It was not immediately clear if anyone was killed in the incident or if the collapse was connected to the flooding in the capital region last week that left more than 60 people dead.

The search and rescue agency said it appeared that the downpours may have played a role.

Rescuers search a five-storey building after part of the structure collapsed in Jakarta. PHOTO: AFP