Ceiling collapses at Jakarta stock exchange building

At least a dozen people injured after a mezzanine ceiling collapsed at the Jakarta stock exchange building

At least a dozen people injured after a mezzanine ceiling collapsed at the Jakarta stock exchange building (IDX) in central Jakarta on Monday.

Images on social media show pieces of ceiling and broken furniture in the building’s lobby in the Indonesian capital.

The area has been evacuated and cordoned off by police, witnesses say.

The director of the stock exchange, Alpino Kianjaya, declined to comment on the incident. Markets are currently in midday break and will reopen at 1.30pm local time.

Jakarta police said they were seeking more information on the incident.

Police spokesman Argo Yuwono told local media that up to 15 people had been injured.

Argo told Metro TV: "We are still investigating the cause, but for now our priorities are the casualties."

A number of people were seen on stretchers being carried from the building.

The incident happened shortly after 12pm local time (05:00 GMT), according to a journalist from Metro TV who was in the building.

Marlia Zein added that there was a "loud banging", leading people inside to "immediately" run out of the building.

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