Over 151 people killed as Halloween crowds rise in Seoul

Over 151 people killed as Halloween crowds rise in Seoul At least 151 people were killed and 76 others injured as crowds gathered on Saturday night after Halloween celebrations in the South Korean capital turned deadly.

Itaewon, a popular district in Seoul, caused a stampede among locals and foreigners alike, as was its international cuisine and nightlife. Around 100,000 people were estimated to have flocked to the neighborhood to celebrate Halloween – the largest crowd the area has seen since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local media outlets report that the crowd is believed to have occurred in a narrow street full of bars and restaurants, off the main road. The head of Seoul’s Yongsan fire department, Choi Seong-beam, said the death toll could rise and it was still unclear the exact number of people in critical condition. According to local media reports, many of the victims were young adults.

Emergency personnel from across the country were deployed to the district to treat the injured at a makeshift medical center. Photos and video from the scene show first responders carrying some of the dead and injured on stretchers, while several covered bodies lay on the road.

151 people killed as Halloween crowds rise in Seoul

151 people killed as Halloween crowds rise in Seoul

President Eun Suk Yeol called a meeting and ordered officials to deploy emergency personnel, secure hospital beds, and treat the injured. Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon cut short his trip to Europe to return home. Saturday’s stampede is the deadliest known mob disaster in South Korean history. In 2005, 11 people were killed and more than 50 were injured during a pop concert in the southern city of Sangju.

This was at least the second fatal congestion surge recorded this month. In early October, 125 people died, many of whom were crushed or suffocated near the gate at a football stadium in Indonesia. Even after last night’s tragedy, partying continues till morning on the side streets of Itaewon.

90% of those killed in the Seoul crash identified

According to CNN more than 90% of the 151 people who were killed in a crowd surge in Seoul on Saturday during Halloween festivities have been identified, south Korea’s minister of interior and safety lee sang-min said on Sunday

identification was still pending in some cases where the deceased was either under the age of 17 or a foreign national, lee added

  • At least people were killed and dozens hurt in an apparent crowd surge at packed Halloween festivities in the south Korean capital of Seoul, local officials say.
  • nineteen foreign nationals are among the dead. the victims include people from Iran, Norway, China, and Uzbekistan
  • The crash took place in the nightlife district of Itaewon. what caused the crash is not clear, but witnesses say partygoers had been packed tightly in the district’s narrow streets and it was difficult to move around.
  • south Korean president Yoon suk declared a period of national mourning


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