The Governments of Norway and Austria confirmed this Sunday that a Norwegian citizen and an Austrian lost their lives in the stampede which took place during the Halloween celebrations in Seoul, in which more than 150 people died.

“It is with great dismay that we have to confirm the death of an Austrian citizen during yesterday’s mass panic in Seoul,” the Foreign Ministry announced in Vienna, referring to a citizen visiting the South Korean capital.

“My thoughts are with the family and friends of the Norwegian citizen who died in the tragic incident in Seoul,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt wrote on Twitter, adding that “what was supposed to be a party has turned into a tragedy and many young people were affected”.

European Council President Charles Michel tweeted his “deepest condolences” to the families and friends of the victims of the Halloween party in Seoul, which also caused 82 injuries.

The High Representative of the Union for Security and Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, said on Twitter that he was “deeply saddened by the terrible events in central Seoul”.

On the same social network, the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, said she was “shocked” by reports of “multiple deaths and injuries at the Halloween party in Seoul” and thanked “all those who provide emergency services on the spot”.

In a message addressed to South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, Chinese President Xi Jinping also offered his condolences to Seoul, saying he was “shocked” by what happened at the Halloween party.

Also this Sunday, the Government of Thailand conveyed its condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the tragedy in Seoul, in a statement published on social media by the Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan’s office, which said that the Prime Minister and the people from Thailand express their condolences and support to the people of South Korea after the incident” and “joins the mourning”.

In Portugal, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Twitter, expressed “the sincerest solidarity” with the South Korean authorities after the tragic incident in Seoul and solidarity with the families and friends of the victims and those providing aid.

In downtown Seoul on Saturday, tens of thousands of people, many in costume, celebrated Halloween for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic, many turning out to be crushed to death when a crowd advanced down a narrow street.

The Itaewon district, with bars and party venues in a maze of narrow alleys, has become a place with bodies lined up on the pavement, covered with blankets or other makeshift shrouds, cardiac massages performed on the street by passers-by at the behest of overworked firefighters, and people in disguise or formal attire running in panic.

Source: Sicnoticias

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