Sunday, September 24, 2023

South Korea: Over 130 killed in Halloween stampede in Seoul

At least 130 people have been killed and around 150 people have been injured in a crush when a large crowd pushed forward on a street during Halloween festivities in South Korea’s Seoul.

The incident took place at about 10:20 p.m. (1320 GMT) as a large number of people fell down in a narrow alley during the Halloween events.

Many people suffered cardiac arrest and the death toll could grow, emergency authorities said.

Over 400 emergency workers from across the country have been deployed to the capital to help treat those who were injured.

Videos on social media showed fire fighters and pedestrians performing CPR on people lying in the streets.

Photos from the scene appeared to show several bodies covered with sheets, although no official death toll has been released.

South Korean officials typically wait until the deaths have been declared at a hospital to release a death toll.

There were reportedly 1 lakh revellers in the area celebrating the Halloween event.

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