3 killed, 13 injured in Indonesian shopping center collapse

15:47, December 23, 2009      

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Three people were killed and 13 others injured when a building under renovation collapsed in the old shopping center of Tanah Abang in Indonesia's capital Jakartaon Wednesday, local media reported here.

According to police, the construction's supporting columns collapsed around 10 a.m., which led to the collapse of the building.

"Most of the victims were construction workers. Many are still buried under the rubble," Kasno, a police officer was quoted by the Kompas.com as saying.

The bodies of the dead people have been rushed to the police's hospital in East Jakarta for further identification.

The 13 injured have been sent to hospital after they had been taken out of the rubble.

Police said the renovation project has breached the existing procedure as it is supported by carelessly-arranged supporting columns.

Source: Xinhua
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