Tragedy struck on October 29 in Itaewon, Seoul when a crowd crush during a Halloween event left at least 151 people dead.
According to developing reports, the victims comprised mostly teenagers and young adults who took part in the Halloween festivities at the South Korean capital’s famous nightlife spot. Emergency officials told Reuters that most victims were killed in a crush when a huge crowd surged into a narrow alley. At least 65 people were injured with many of the victims being women in their 20s, said Choi Sung Beom, head of the Youngsan Fire Station.
Talking to the news agency, witnesses said the crowd became increasingly unruly as the evening deepened, with the incident taking place at about 10:20 p.m. Seoul time. Some survivors said that they were trapped for more than an hour before they were rescued. Many couldn’t call for help due to the lack of cellular connection. Yonhap News Agency reported that some victims suffered from “cardiac arrest,” with reports of people having “difficulty breathing.”
The nightlife district, lined with dozens of bars and restaurants, is well-known for its annual Halloween festivities. However, recent years saw the events put on hold due to pandemic restrictions. This marked the first outdoor Halloween event since the said restrictions were lifted, with witnesses saying that the crowd was 10 times larger than usual.
We express our condolences to everyone affected by the tragedy.
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