Wall portion of SM Jazz condo in Makati collapses, at least 2 hurt

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 30 2020 03:37 PM | Updated as of Apr 30 2020 05:08 PM

MANILA (UPDATE)- At least two persons were brought to the hospital after a part of a condominium building in Makati City collapsed Thursday morning, authorities said.

Several bystanders also suffered minor injuries after part of the wall of the mezzanine floor of SM Jazz Residences Tower D collapsed, police said. 

The building is located at the corner of Nicanor Garcia Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Makati. 

SM Development Corp confirmed that part of the wall of the parking level of Jazz Mall was damaged. Residents of the building were asked to evacuate.

"As of this posting, no serious casualties were reported," said SMDC.

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Two vans and 1 SUV, which were parked on the driveway, were also damaged after debris fell on them, authorities said. 

Emergency response teams were deployed to the area. 

Makati Mayor Abigail Binay said authorities deployed a bomb disposal team after receiving reports that there was a blast in the area. 

Authorities meanwhile have closed off Nicanor Garcia Street, from Jupiter Street to Kalayaan Avenue, while they assess the building and clear the debris.

SMDC said in a statement later Thursday that the incident "does not affect the structural integrity of the development and that the buildings are safe for occupancy" and assured probe on its cause is underway.

"The cause of the incident is under investigation and we will take whatever measures necessary to address the situation and avoid any recurrence," it said.
 
- Report from Jerome Lantin, ABS-CBN News