A five-story building collapses on Jalan Tali in Slipi, West Jakarta on Monday.

Five-Story Building Collapses in Jakarta

BY :HERU ANDRIYANTO

JANUARY 06, 2020

Jakarta. A low-rise building in West Jakarta suddenly collapsed on a busy Monday morning, injuring at least eight people. Video footage aired by Beritasatu TV showed only the ground floor structure had remained intact while all four floors above collapsed.

West Jakarta Police Chief Senior Comr. Audie Latuheru confirmed there was no casualty in the incident on Jalan Tali in Slipi in the west of the capital.

"We've rescued the victims. There was no casualty. Investigation is underway to find out the cause of the incident," Audie told reporters at the scene.

The incident occurred at around 9.20 a.m.

The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) that has been deployed around the city since the catastrophic New Year's Day floods, immediately arrived at the scene to evacuate victims.

"We arrived here only around 10 minutes after the incident. Eight people were injured, but only three suffered quite serious injuries. They have been taken to the Tarakan Hospital," Basarnas operating director Budi Purnama said at the scene.

"The three people who suffered serious injuries were a motorcycle taxi driver and his two passengers who were driving near the building at the time of the incident," he said.

The first floor of the building houses a minimart that has escaped relatively unscathed despite large chunks of concrete collapsing on it. But the debris destroyed several vehicles parked in front of the building.

Budi said five people were evacuated from the building with minor injuries. Three minimart employees managed to flee the building themselves.

"The building is unsafe and has been sealed off. Its pillars and remaining structures may collapse at anytime. We need to make a careful assessment before going to inspect inside," Budi said as he warned bystanders to keep a distance from the collapsed building.

Reports said the floors above the minimart were used as warehouses.
 

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