At least 140 people were killed and hundreds more were injured. in a stampede after a crowd gathered in a central district of the capital of South Korea, Seoul. The reason for the meeting was the festivities of Halloween on Saturday night, a fire official said. The reasons that caused the massive bullfight are unknown.
The incident occurred around 10:20 p.m. local time (1320 GMT) in the vicinity of the Hamilton hotel, according to NA. A large number of people fell to the ground in a narrow alley during the Halloween events, said Choi Sung-beom, chief of the Yongsan Fire Station. The number of victims could rise as rescue efforts are still underway.
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“The area is still in chaos, so we are still trying to find out the exact number of injured,” said Moon Hyun-joo, an official with the National Fire Agency. There are foreigners among those who were transferred to nearby hospitals. The president of South Korea Yoon Suk-yeol He ordered the dispatch of first aid teams to the scene and asked that hospitals prepare to receive the wounded. He also commanded an emergency meeting with high officials.
The country’s authorities said more than 400 emergency workers from across the country, including virtually all available staff in Seoul, were deployed to the streets to treat the injured. The authorities did not immediately release the number of dead, but it is estimated that, with the passing of the hours, it will increase. Police also confirmed that dozens of people were receiving CPR on the streets of Itaewon.
The bodies of the victims are mostly women in their 20s, according to South Korean media. These were in hospitals and in a gym near the scene, where they tried to be identified. Some sources say that the crowd gathered at the venue because rumors circulated that an unidentified celebrity was coming to Itaewon.