LOOK: Portion of Makati mall parking building collapses
MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – A portion of the parking building of the SMDC Jazz Mall in Makati City collapsed on Thursday morning, April 30.
The Makati City government said via Twitter that it received a report that the parking building of SMDC Jazz Mall Tower D located at the 6th floor collapsed at 10:58 am on Thursday.
"No reported injuries. Investigation is ongoing," said Makati Spokesperson Michael Camiña.
SMDC said in a statement that “the facade wall of the parking level at Jazz Mall sustained damages that caused its outer slab to collapse to the driveway."
"As of this posting no serious casualties were reported. As a safety precaution, residents were directed to stay near Metropolitan Avenue," it said.
Makati police chief Colonel Rogelio Simon said only cars parked in front of the mall building got damaged by the falling debris.
"'Yung pinagbagsakan is the entrance ng mall (The debris fell along the mall entrance)," Simon said.
Residents at SMDC Jazz Residences said they heard what sounded like an explosion but Simon said they found no bomb traces in the area.
"Wala naman kami nakitang traces ng usok, sunog, o ng bomba, even our Explosive and Ordnance Division ng PNP ay wala naman nakita na traces (We didn't see any traces of smoke, sire or a bomb. Even our Explosive and Ordnance Division at PNP didn't see any traces)," the police chief said.
Simon said that they were forming a team that will do a walk through inside Tower D to determine if was still structurally sound.
SMDC Jazz Mall is in the SMDC Jazz Residences complex. Residents of all 4 towers of Jazz Residences were evacuated following the incident.
Simon said the occupants of Towers A, B, and C were allowed to return to their condominium units. – Rappler.com