At the very least 120 individuals had been killed and 100 extra had been injured as they had been crushed by a big crowd pushing ahead on a slender road throughout Halloween festivities within the capital of Seoul, South Korean officers mentioned.
Choi Seong-beom, chief of Seoul’s Yongsan fireplace division, mentioned the demise toll might rise and that an unspecified quantity among the many injured had been in important circumstances following the stampede within the leisure district of Itaewon Saturday night time.
He mentioned 74 of the useless have been despatched to hospitals whereas the our bodies of the remaining 46 who had been saved on the streets had been being transported to a close-by gymnasium in order that staff might determine them.
Officers say individuals had been crushed to demise after a big crowd started pushing ahead in a slender alley close to Hamilton Lodge, a significant social gathering spot in Seoul. Greater than 800 emergency staff and law enforcement officials from across the nation, together with all out there personnel in Seoul, had been deployed to the streets to deal with the injured.
The Nationwide Hearth Company individually mentioned in an announcement that officers had been nonetheless making an attempt to find out the precise variety of emergency sufferers. TV footage and photographs confirmed ambulance autos lined up in streets amid a heavy police presence and emergency staff transferring the injured in stretchers. Emergency staff and pedestrians had been additionally seen performing CPR on individuals mendacity within the streets.
In a single part, paramedics had been seen checking the standing of a dozen or extra individuals who lied immobile underneath blue blankets. Police, which had been limiting visitors in close by areas to hurry up the transportation of the injured to hospitals throughout town, additionally confirmed that dozens of individuals had been being given CPR on Itaewon streets. The Seoul Metropolitan Authorities issued emergency textual content messages urging individuals within the space to swiftly return residence.
Some native media reviews earlier mentioned the crush occurred after numerous individuals rushed to an Itaewon bar after listening to an unidentified celeb visited there.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol issued an announcement calling for officers to make sure swift remedy for these injured and evaluation the security of the festivity websites. He additionally instructed the Well being Ministry to swiftly deploy catastrophe medical help groups and safe beds in close by hospital to deal with the injured.
Native media mentioned round 100,000 individuals flocked to Itaewon streets for the Halloween festivities, which had been the largest because the begin of the pandemic following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in latest months.