At least 120 dead in South Korea after crowd surge during Halloween festivities, officials say

Written by on October 29, 2022

Rescue workers and firefighters work on the scene of a crushing accident in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. South Korean officials say dozens of people were in cardiac arrest after being crushed by a large crowd pushing forward on a narrow street during Halloween festivities in the capital Seoul.

Tragedy crammed the streets of South Korea’s capital Saturday night time when 200 or extra individuals have been crushed as crowds surged via a slim Seoul avenue, leaving greater than 120 useless, in response to officers’ estimates.

Pedestrians joined tons of of emergency staff in providing assist as dozens of individuals lay on the street, many in cardiac arrest.

Choi Seong-beom, chief of Seoul’s Yongsan fireplace division, launched preliminary loss of life tolls as he acknowledged lots of the useless remained on the scene. Dozens who had been on the streets have been being transported to a close-by health club the place staff would determine them, he mentioned.

Within the streets, ambulances lined up; emergency responders rushed the injured on stretchers; immobile our bodies lay underneath blue blankets — these scenes have been broadcast on TV footage and captured in images of the carnage.

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The crush occurred within the leisure district of Itaewon, the place native media mentioned 100,000 individuals have been anticipated for Halloween festivities.

The epicenter of the tragedy catastrophe seemed to be an alley close to a significant get together spot in Seoul — Hamilton Lodge.

Citing native media reviews, the Related Press mentioned the crush might have occurred as individuals rushed to a bar searching for to see a celeb.

Following the deadly crowd surge, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol issued a press release calling for swift remedy for the injured and a security assessment of the festivity websites.

Tragedy has struck in lots of crowded locations when crowds surges spiral into a series response of carnage. Greater than two thousand individuals died in 2015 on the outskirts of Mecca in Saudi Arabia in the course of the annual hajj pilgrimage. In November 2021, ten individuals died after a crowd rushed towards the stage at a Houston music festival during a performance by rapper Travis Scott.

Contributing: The Related Press

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