30 Oct 2022

Seoul Halloween stampede: Death Toll Rises To 151

Seoul (S Korea): The death toll in the horrific Seoul Halloween stampede in South Korea has risen to 151, with 19 of them identified as foreigners including those from Iran, Uzbekistan, China and Norway.

The incident took place during Halloween celebrations in Seoul's Itaewon district of Seoul on Saturday at 10:20 pm (13:20 GMT) after a large group of people rushed to an Itaewon bar after hearing an unidentified celebrity visited there. 

Social media footage showed several people being assisted by rescue officials and private citizens at the scene, and numerous ones performing CPR on people lying in poor condition on the streets.

The packed Halloween festivities in South Korea's capital of Seoul took place after covid restrictions were removed, the local officials said. The festivities marked the participation of more than a lakh visitors and the number of casualties is likely to rise.

South Korea's President Yoon Suk-yeol ordered the dispatch of the emergency medical team to the area and said hospital beds should be prepared to minimize casualties, his office said. He said the events in Seoul on Saturday night that led to the deaths of 151 people in an apparent crowd surge will be investigated and measures put in place to ensure it never happens again.

The South Korean government will provide support and a fund for families of those killed and injured in a crowd surge during Halloween festivities in Seoul, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said on Sunday.

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