Officials: 59 dead after Halloween crowds surge in Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — At least 59 people have been killed and 150 others injured after being crushed by a large crowd advancing down a narrow street during Halloween festivities in the capital Seoul, southern officials said -Koreans.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — At least 59 people have been killed and 150 others injured after being crushed by a large crowd advancing down a narrow street during Halloween festivities in the capital Seoul, southern officials said -Koreans.

Choi Seong-beom, fire chief of Yongsan in Seoul, said the death toll could rise as rescuers continued to transport the injured to hospitals in Seoul after the stampede in the Itaewon entertainment district on Saturday night.

Choi said 13 of the dead had been sent to hospitals while the bodies of the other 46 were still on the streets.

Officials said people were believed to have been crushed to death after a large crowd began advancing down a narrow alley near the Hamilton Hotel, a major party spot in Seoul.

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — At least nine people have been killed and dozens more injured after being crushed by a large crowd advancing down a narrow street during Halloween festivities in the capital Seoul, officials said. South Korean officials.

Choi Cheon-sik, an official with the National Fire Agency, said at least 60 other people were being treated for injuries in hospitals and the death toll could rise following the stampede in the recreation district of ‘Itaewon Saturday night. Officials said people were believed to have been crushed to death after a large crowd began advancing down a narrow alley near the Hamilton Hotel, a major party spot in Seoul.

Officials from the National Fire Agency and the Home Affairs and Security Ministry said earlier that around 100 people had been injured and around 50 of them were being treated for cardiac arrest early on Sunday .

More than 400 rescue workers and 140 vehicles from across the country, including all available personnel in Seoul, were deployed to the streets to treat the injured.

The National Fire Agency said separately in a statement that authorities were still trying to determine the exact number of emergency patients.

Television footage and photos from the scene showed ambulances lined up in the streets amid a heavy police presence and paramedics moving the injured on stretchers. Rescuers and pedestrians were also seen performing CPR on people lying in the streets.

In one section, paramedics were seen checking the condition of a dozen or more people who lay motionless under blue blankets.

Police, who were restricting traffic in nearby areas to speed up transportation of injured people to city hospitals, also confirmed that dozens of people were receiving CPR on the streets of Itaewon. The Seoul Metropolitan Government sent emergency text messages urging area residents to return home quickly.

A local police officer said he was also informed that a stampede had occurred in the streets of Itaewon where a crowd of people had gathered for Halloween festivities. The officer requested anonymity, saying details of the incident were still under investigation.

Some local media earlier reported that the thunderbolt happened after a large number of people rushed to a bar in Itaewon after hearing an unidentified celebrity going there.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol issued a statement calling on authorities to ensure prompt treatment of the injured and review the safety of party venues. He also asked the health ministry to quickly deploy disaster medical assistance teams and secure beds in the nearby hospital to treat the injured.

Local media said around 100,000 people flocked to the streets of Itaewon for the Halloween festivities, which were the biggest since the start of the pandemic following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions these days. last months.

Kim Tong-hyung and Hyung-jin Kim, Associated Press






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