As Covid mask restrictions were lifted in Seoul, crowds rushed towards a popular nightclub area in the South Korean capital which turned deadly.
Shocking video shows people sprawled across pavements – as desperate locals and emergency service workers attempt to resuscitate them.
It’s currently unclear how many people have died as the number is expected to increase after thousands gathered ahead of Halloween parties in the Itaewon area of the city. However, photos show body bags spread across the street.
Officials say they received more than 80 reports of revellers suffering “shortness of breath.” In South Korea it is common to report cardiac arrest before a doctor confirms a death.
Some reports say at least 150 people were killed and 150 injured in a crowd stampede in the South Korean capital of Seoul on Saturday night during Halloween celebrations, the local fire department has disclosed.
The incident occurred in the narrow alley near the Hamilton Hotel in the Itaewon District, the most international area of the city, which is close to the Yongsan Garrison US military base.
Local media quoted an eyewitness who said the area had become so crowded that rescuers could not immediately get to the victims and attempt resuscitation.
Government declares national mourning.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has declared a period of national mourning following a deadly Halloween crush in the country’s capital, Seoul, as distraught relatives flocked to the city’s hospitals searching for their missing family members.
“This is truly tragic,” Yoon said in a statement on Sunday, hours after some 150 people were killed in a crowd crush in Seoul’s Itaewon district.
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“The government will designate the period from today until the accident is brought under control as a period of national mourning,” he said.
Fire officials said most of the victims were women and young people in their 20s and included 19 foreigners from Iran, Uzbekistan, China and Norway.