At least 151 people were killed and 82 more were injured in South Korea’s biggest disaster in years when a crowd of primarily young people celebrating Halloween in Seoul became trapped and crushed.
After the Saturday night congestion in Itaewon, the capital’s entertainment center, emergency personnel and pedestrians desperately gave CPR to victims laying in the streets.
Choi Seong-beom, chief of the Yongsan fire department in Seoul, said that the majority of those killed or injured were teenagers and adults in their 20s. He claimed that there were 19 foreigners among the dead, whose nationalities were not immediately disclosed. The number of fatalities may increase given that 19 of the injured people are in serious condition.
The State Department confirmed to CBS News in a statement Saturday night that at least one American was hurt in the rush.
“We are working with local authorities to determine if any additional U.S. citizens were affected and stand ready to provide consular assistance,” the statement read.
Initially reporting 150 injuries as of Sunday morning, officials later revised their estimate.
Partygoers walk by ambulances at the scene where dozens of people were injured in a stampede during a Halloween festival in Seoul, South Korea, October 29, 2022.
TV footage and pictures displayed a dense police presence, a line-up of ambulances, and emergency personnel escorting the injured on stretchers. People laying in the streets were spotted receiving CPR from both emergency personnel and passersby. In one area, paramedics could be seen checking on a dozen or more patients who were immobile and covered in blue blankets.
Rescue team and firefighters work on the scene where dozens of people were injured in a stampede during Halloween festival in Seoul, South Korea, October 30, 2022.
In a statement, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol urged officials to guarantee that individuals who were hurt received prompt medical attention and to assess the festival locations’ security. Additionally, he gave the Health Ministry instructions to promptly dispatch teams of medical professionals for disaster relief and reserve beds in a neighboring hospital for the injured.
Emergency text messages were sent out by the Seoul Metropolitan Government requesting that locals hurry back home.
by: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter
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