At least 146 killed, 150 injured at Halloween festivities in Seoul

At least 146 people were killed and more than 150 injured after being crushed by large crowds pushing through narrow streets during a Halloween event in the capital Seoul, according to South Korean officials.

Seoul’s Yongsan Fire Department Chief Choi Sung-bum said the death toll could rise and an unspecified number of the injured were in critical condition after Saturday night’s stampede in Itaewon. .

People were crushed to death after a crowd of people started jostling in a narrow alley near the Hamilton Hotel, Seoul’s main party spot, authorities said.

Rescue teams and firefighters work at the scene where dozens were injured during the Halloween festival in Seoul, South Korea, October 30, 2022.

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More than 800 paramedics and police officers from across the country, including all those available in Seoul, have been deployed to the streets to treat the wounded.

In a separate statement, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said officials were still trying to determine the exact number of emergency patients.

Television footage and photos of the scene show ambulances lined up in a police-filled street, paramedics carrying the wounded on stretchers. He was also seen performing CPR on people lying on the street by paramedics and pedestrians.

In one section, paramedics were seen checking the condition of a dozen people lying motionless under blue blankets.

A partygoer walks by an ambulance at the site of a crowd of people injured during the Halloween festival in Seoul, South Korea on October 29, 2022.

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Police, who had restricted traffic in nearby areas to expedite transport of the injured to hospitals in the city, also confirmed dozens of people were being resuscitated on the streets of Itaewon. The city of Seoul issued an emergency text message urging people in the area to return home immediately.

A local police officer said he was also informed of a stampede on a street in Itaewon, where large numbers of people had gathered for the Halloween festival. said it was.

Some local media reports said the crash occurred after a large crowd of people rushed to a bar in Itaewon after hearing an unidentified celebrity visiting there.

South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol issued a statement urging authorities to ensure prompt medical treatment of the injured and the safety of the festival venue. He also instructed the Ministry of Health to quickly deploy disaster medical assistance teams and reserve beds in nearby hospitals to treat the injured.

Nearly 100,000 people took to the streets of Itaewon for the biggest Halloween festivities since the pandemic began after COVID-19 restrictions were eased in recent months, according to local media. At least 146 killed, 150 injured at Halloween festivities in Seoul

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