At least 146 people were killed and 150 injured in a stampede in Seoul during a Halloween party attended by thousands of people in the narrow streets of a district in the capital. South KoreanWe learned from an official source.
“At 4:00 a.m. (local time) 146 people were killed and 150 injured,” Choi Seong-beom, a fire official from the South Korean capital, told media at the disaster site.
A previous assessment reported 120 dead and 100 injured. “The large number of victims was due to the fact that many people were trampled fate Halloween,” he added.
Yonhap news agency quoted an anonymous witness as saying the victims were crushed by the crowd’s movements. “People were on top of each other. “Some gradually lost consciousness and others died,” he said. The fire chief said 74 bodies have been sent to hospitals and 46 bodies are now in the gymnasium.
140 ambulances have been deployed
Firefighters in the South Korean capital first reported that dozens of people suffered heart attacks in the Itaewon district of central Seoul. In South Korea, rescue workers talk about cardiac arrest until a doctor officially declares someone dead.
A fire service spokesman said 140 ambulances were sent to the scene to help the victims. The victims appear to have been caught up in the crowd movements in the district, where Halloween celebrations bring large numbers of people together in the South Korean capital.
According to Yonhap, the stampede happened near the Hamilton Hotel. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has asked hospitals to be ready to receive the injured, the presidency said. Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon came to visit EuropeMeanwhile, according to Yonhap, he decided to rush back because of the drama.
The first parties after the pandemic
Photographs released by Yonhap showed more than a dozen people lying on a street, with rescuers performing CPR on some of them, as police surrounded the crowd.
According to video footage, around 20 bodies were covered with sheets or blankets, however, rescuers did not attempt to revive them. Other victims were transferred to ambulances on stretchers.
This year’s Halloween celebrations are the first since the Covid-19 pandemic in which South Koreans have been forced to wear masks outdoors.
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