South Korea: Death toll rises to 120, over 100 injured in Halloween party stampede3 min read
The outdoor Halloween event was organized here for the first time after two years due to the Corona epidemic.
It is believed that a crowd of about one lakh people gathered in the very narrow streets of Itawon on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, just before midnight (local time), a stampede broke out, in which dozens of people fainted.
sol. At least 120 people were killed and 100 were injured in a stampede during a Halloween party at a major market in the South Korean capital Seoul on Saturday. Local news agency Yonhap has given information quoting officials. The death toll in this accident is expected to increase further.
Officials have not released the exact number of dead at the time of writing, as they usually do not do so until deaths are confirmed in hospitals. At the same time, the National Fire Agency said in a separate statement that officials are still trying to determine the exact number of emergency patients.
National Fire Agency official Choi Cheon-sik said about 100 people were reported injured in Itawon on Saturday night as crowds grew. During this, about 50 people are reported to have heart attacks.
More than 400 emergency workers and 140 vehicles from across the country have been deployed on the roads to treat the injured. (AFP photo)
Choi said that it is believed that a crowd of people on their way to the Hamilton Hotel, the main party spot of Seoul, entered a narrow alley and during this time people were killed in the stampede. He said that in Seoul, more than 400 emergency personnel and 140 vehicles from across the country, including all available personnel, have been deployed on the roads to treat the injured.
At the same time, some local media reports had earlier said that on receiving information about the arrival of a celebrity at Itavon Bar here, a huge crowd started going there, due to which people started crushing each other in this narrow street.
Perayaan Halloween di itaewon udah kek zombie desek desekkan, banyak yg sesak napas juga pingsan
— .re (@kyuchanvr) October 29, 2022
Police officials said dozens of people were being given CPR on the streets of Itawon, while many others were taken to nearby hospitals. The official did not specify how many of these people suffered heart attacks, but said there were dozens of such people.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has ordered a disaster response team to be sent to Itaewon in Yongsan-gu district immediately after receiving the news of the accident. He issued a statement asking officials to ensure speedy treatment to the injured and review the security of the festival venues.
[Breaking] Nightmare in #Itaewon, Current status is that over 50 people have collapsed and possible multiple fatalities due to overcrowding during the Halloween festivities. Stay tuned for more info. pic.twitter.com/NhvVqnHlkl
— allkpop (@allkpop) October 29, 2022
According to the report of The Korea Herald, it is estimated that a crowd of about one lakh people gathered in the very narrow streets of Itawon, the central district of the megacity, on Saturday night. Meanwhile, just before midnight (local time), a stampede broke out near a hotel, in which dozens of people fainted.
Many videos related to this accident are also going viral on social media, in which many people surrounded by huge crowd are seen being treated by emergency services on the road.
truly the scariest halloween of my life—30 down, 400 rescue workers deployed. please avoid itaewon and stay safe. # pic.twitter.com/PC1GBJt7qk
— Chloe Park in Seoul (@chloepark) October 29, 2022
Let us inform that for the first time after the Corona epidemic, the outdoor no-mask Halloween program was organized here. In such a situation, the streets of the capital Seoul were filled with people celebrating Halloween.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : October 29, 2022, 21:34 IST