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Jakarta Post

Seven dead after old building collapses on music hall

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung, West Java   /   Mon, April 16, 2018   /   08:20 pm
Seven dead after old building collapses on music hall Personnel from a Search and Rescue team and the National Police look for bodies in the location where an old building collapsed in Gegesik district, Cirebon regency in West Java on Monday. Seven people died in the accident. (Courtesy of Search and Rescue/-)

At least seven people died on Monday after a building collapsed and hit a traditional music hall, where 11 people -- mostly teens -- were practicing “karawitan” music.

The old building was used as a swallow nest farm in Gegesik district, Cirebon regency, West Java.

Search and Rescue spokesperson in Bandung Joshua Banjarnahor said one person was also severely injured. “One suffered minor injuries and two others are safe,” he added. The accident happened at about 10 a.m.

The victims were mostly students at state junior high school Gegesik I who were practicing with gamelan sets. Music teacher Suherman, 48, who is also the music hall’s owner, was among the fatalities. The remaining six were aged between 13 and 14. 

The students were practicing in preparation of a farewell event at their school. (evi)