At least 151 people were killed and 82 injured in a crowd stampede in the South Korean capital Seoul on Saturday night during Halloween celebrations.
The incident occurred in a narrow alley near the Hamilton Hotel in the Itaewon District, the most international area of the city, close to the Yongsan Garrison US military base.
The South Korean president has declared a week of nationwide mourning after a deadly stampede during Halloween celebrations in Seoul on Saturday night claimed the lives of over 150 people, including at least 19 foreigners from multiple countries.
At least four citizens of Russia, all females, were killed in the crowd crush, Moscow’s embassy in Seoul confirmed on Sunday. China also said that three of its nationals lost their lives in the tragedy.
The US embassy in Seoul told CNN that at least two US nationals were among the victims. Some Americans were also apparently injured as the embassy activated an emergency response mechanism to provide assistance to affected US citizens.
According to the Korea Herald, around 100,000 people flocked to the area throughout the day to celebrate the first Halloween weekend without the mask mandate and social distancing measures that were in place during the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is not clear exactly what caused the stampede. Eyewitnesses said the area had become so crowded that rescuers could not immediately get to the victims to attempt resuscitation.
The majority of the victims were in their late teens and 20’s, according to Yonhap news agency. Dozens of the injured were sent to hospitals in the capital, with at least 19 seriously injured.
Seoul authorities also identified several victims from Iran, Uzbekistan and Norway. According to South Korea’s Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters, foreign nationals from ten countries were killed in the stampede.
According to eyewitnesses, the stampede happened after the crowd pushed itself into a narrow side alley, but authorities have yet to establish the exact sequence of events.
President Yoon promised that authorities will investigate the cause of the accident and make fundamental improvements so that similar accidents do not happen again in the future.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point Korea Halloween News 2022.
Halloween’s scare wishes and wanna bees got the ultimate scare that they paid with their lives! What a nonsense of grown up acting such foolish nonsense. It always was a kids stuff till the merchants of Venice took the step to entice the zombie TV junkies to do what the evil doers have been doing for centuries! Get rid of the “cockroaches” at any opportunity and while doing it make sure get their hard earned and mostly borrowed shackles!
Mass cardiac arrest due to being pressed by a crowd? Maybe mass cardiac arrest due to stress exacerbated damage caused by experimental gene therapy injections. Sudden adult death syndrome can occur in groups too!
Moral of this tragedy . . . stay away from these stupid mass crowded events.
Korea gave up culture in exchange for American garbage.