Alfamart in Banjar Collapses Allegedly Due to Old Building Conditions, Victims Died – Boombastis

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The evacuation process for victims of the Alfamart collapse in Banjar, South Kalimantan. [Sumber Gambar]


Every building must be maintained its feasibility, both residential and public places. The goal is to make people who live at home comfortable and people who visit these public places. This is because a building has a maximum lifespan. Some say buildings can last for 30 years, but must pay attention to maintenance and environmental conditions. If not taken care of, the building will be damaged and even collapse.

The collapse of a building just happened in Banjar, South Kalimantan. Precisely an Alfamart minimarket which is about 20 years old. What is the chronology of the Alfamart collapse in Banjar? boombastis.com will discuss further below.

Had cracked 10 seconds before collapsing

A Facebook user shared a video showing Alfamart collapsing in Gambut District, Banjar Regency, South Kalimantan. The building is almost level with the ground. The incident took place on Monday (4/18/2022) at approximately 17.15 WITA.

The evacuation process for victims of the Alfamart collapse in Banjar, South Kalimantan. [Sumber Gambar]

Locals flocked to the scene. The authorities and several residents were also seen helping people trapped under the Alfamart rubble. According to the testimony of people who were at the scene, the Alfamart building was seen cracked for about 10 seconds before finally collapsing.

Resulted in 3 deaths

According to the Head of Public Relations, Kombes Pol. Mochamad Rifa’i, there were around 16 people inside the building when the incident took place. The collapse of Alfamart resulted in 6 employees and 10 people who were shopping trapped in the rubble. During the first rescue, 8 people were rescued. While other victims are still being evacuated until Monday night.

The evacuation team at the location of Alfamart collapsed in Banjar, South Kalimantan. [Sumber Gambar]
The evacuation team at the location of Alfamart collapsed in Banjar, South Kalimantan. [Sumber Gambar]

The injured victim was taken to the Sultan Agung Islamic Hospital KCG for treatment. Meanwhile, there was one other victim who was rushed to the ER Ciputra Kertak Hanyar Hospital. Of the victims who were successfully evacuated, there were 3 people who died. Alfamart, represented by Corporate Affairs Director Alfamart Solihin, expressed his condolences. Alfamart will also cover medical expenses and compensation for victims.

The age of the building is 20 years

Based on the statements of local residents, the age of the collapsed Alfamart building is approximately 20 years. The Surabaya branch of the Police Forensic Laboratory (Labfor) team at the East Java Regional Police was also brought in by the South Kalimantan Regional Police. They are tasked with examining the cause of the collapse of the Alfamart building.

The Alfamart building before it collapsed in Banjar, South Kalimantan. [Sumber Gambar]
The Alfamart building before it collapsed in Banjar, South Kalimantan. [Sumber Gambar]

According to the South Kalimantan Police Chief Inspector General Pol Rikwanto, Alfamart is renting a building that is indeed old. It is also known that Alfamart’s location is in a swamp area so that it was once submerged in water. In addition, the building has also been affected by flooding. Until now, the condition of the building is suspected as the cause of the collapse of Alfamart.

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A building must always be maintained so that unwanted things do not happen like the incident in Banjar. May the victims who died be given peace, the families left behind be given patience, and the injured can recover soon.

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