Horror Halloween Crush in South Korea: The incident happened as the result of a crush resulting from the size of the crowd, according to reports.
Around 120 people died and 100 were injured after a stampede on Itaewon’s streets where a massive crowd had gathered for Halloween festivities.
Itaewon Halloween party Celebration Accident on the Street
Earlier, officials had said that 50 people were in cardiac arrest and over 140 ambulances were dispatched to the scene to aid the victims.
The stampede happened near the Hamilton Hotel in the nightlife district of Itaewon, as a large number of people were believed to have entered a narrow alley near the hotel.
After taking stock of the situation, President Yoon Suk-yeol called an emergency meeting on the stampede and ordered officials to administer first aid and treat the injured swiftly.
The President also ordered officials to deploy emergency medical officials to Itaewon and secure emergency beds. In the meantime, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo instructed the officials to make utmost efforts to minimize damages.
On the other hand, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, who is on a visit to Europe, decided to return home in the wake of the accident, city officials said. A total of 142 firefighting vehicles were mobilized for the area.
As many as 120 people were killed and 100 more were injured after being crushed amidst a large crowd pushing forward on a narrow street during Halloween festivities in the capital Seoul.
Choi Seong-beam, chief of Seoul’s Yongsan fire department, said the death toll could rise and that an unspecified number of the injured were in critical condition following the stampede in the leisure district of Itaewon Saturday night.
Video on social media showed first responders administering CPR on multiple people lying in the street. Police also confirmed that dozens of people were being given CPR on Itaewon streets while many others have been taken to nearby hospitals.
More than 800 emergency workers and police officers from around the nation, including all available personnel in Seoul, were deployed to the streets to treat the injured.
Choi also said that 74 of the dead have been sent to hospitals and the bodies of the remaining 46 who had been kept on the streets initially were being transported to a nearby gym so that workers could identify them.
[Breaking] Nightmare in #Itaewon. Current status is that over 50 people have collapsed and possible multiple fatalities due to overcrowding during the Halloween festivities. Stay tuned for more info. pic.twitter.com/NhvVqnHlkl
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