At least 151 people were killed and another 100 were hurt as they were pushed aside by a big group of people during Halloween celebrations in Seoul, according to South Korean authorities. Following the stampede in the Itaewon entertainment district on Saturday night, Choi Seong-beam, chief of Seoul's Yongsan fire station, warned the death toll could increase and that an unidentified number of the injured were in critical condition.
He claimed that 46 of the deceased, whose bodies had been left on the streets, were being transported to a nearby gym so that workers could identify them. He claimed that 74 of the deceased had been taken to hospitals. Authorities claim that a sizable crowd began pushing forward in a narrow passageway next to the Hamilton Hotel, a well-liked gathering spot for reversers in Seoul. More than 800 emergency personnel and police officers, including the whole Seoul staff, were sent to the streets to provide medical care for the injured.
The precise number of emergency patients is still being calculated, according to a second statement from the National Fire Agency. TV footage and pictures displayed a dense police presence, a line-up of ambulances, and emergency personnel escorting the injured on stretchers. Both emergency officials and bystanders observed CPR being performed on people who were lying on the streets. In one area, paramedics could be seen checking on a dozen or more patients who were immobile and covered in blue blankets. Numerous individuals were receiving CPR on Itaewon streets, according to police, who were blocking traffic in the area to expedite the delivery of the injured to hospitals throughout the city.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government sent out emergency text messages asking residents to return home quickly. According to prior reports in the local media, a lot of people allegedly flocked to an Itaewon pub after hearing that a famous person who cannot be named had come there. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol requested officials in a statement to ensure that injured people get prompt medical attention and to evaluate the security at the festival areas. He also instructed the Health Ministry to reserve beds in a nearby hospital for the injured and to quickly mobilize teams of medical specialists for disaster relief.
Following the recent relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions, local media reported that about 100,000 people descended upon Itaewon streets for the Halloween festivities, making it the largest since the beginning of the pandemic.
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