Seoul: 100 injured, others feared lifeless after being crushed in crowd surge at Halloween festivities in South Korea


SEOUL, South Korea — About 100 individuals have been injured and an unspecified quantity have been feared lifeless after being crushed by a big crowd pushing ahead on a slender road throughout Halloween festivities within the capital Seoul, South Korean officers mentioned.

Choi Cheon-sik, an official from the Nationwide Hearth Company, mentioned round 100 individuals have been reported as injured throughout the crowd surge Saturday evening within the Itaewon leisure district and round 50 have been being handled for cardiac arrest as of early Sunday.

Choi mentioned it was believed that individuals have been crushed to dying after a big crowd started pushing ahead in a slender alley close to Hamilton Resort, a serious occasion spot in Seoul.

He mentioned greater than 400 emergency employees and 140 automobiles from across the nation, together with all accessible personnel in Seoul, have been deployed to the streets to deal with the injured.

Officers did not instantly launch a dying toll, as they normally do not till the deaths are confirmed at hospitals. The Nationwide Hearth Company individually mentioned in an announcement that officers have been nonetheless making an attempt to find out the precise variety of emergency sufferers.

TV footage and pictures from the scene confirmed ambulance automobiles lined up in streets amid a heavy police presence and emergency employees transferring the injured in stretchers. Emergency employees and pedestrians have been additionally seen performing CPR on individuals mendacity within the streets. A number of individuals, apparently amongst these injured, have been seen coated in yellow blankets.

Police additionally confirmed that dozens of individuals have been being given CPR on Itaewon streets whereas many others have been taken to close by hospitals.

A neighborhood police officer mentioned he was additionally knowledgeable {that a} stampede occurred on Itaewon’s streets the place a crowd of individuals gathered for Halloween festivities. The officer requested anonymity, saying the small print of the incident was nonetheless beneath investigation.

Some native media stories earlier mentioned the crush occurred after numerous individuals rushed to an Itaewon bar after listening to an unidentified superstar visited there.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol issued an announcement calling for officers to make sure swift remedy for these injured and evaluate the protection 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 have been the largest in years following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in latest months.

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