At least nine people dead after stampede during Halloween festivities in South Korea


At least nine people are dead after a stampede in the South Korean capital of Seoul.

The victims were crushed by a large crowd pushing forward on a narrow street during Halloween festivities near the Hamilton Hotel in the Itaewon area.

Footage on social media showed many victims lying on the pavement as bystanders and emergency services workers performed CPR in an effort to revive them.

Pic: AP
A stampede in Itaewon, Seoul.

Choi Cheon-sik, an official from the National Fire Agency, said at least 60 people were being treated for injuries and that the death toll could grow.

Many suffered from cardiac arrest.

More than 400 emergency workers from around the country have been deployed to the scene, including almost all of those available in Seoul, he added.

Yonhap news agency reported that 21 people, mostly women in their 20s, have been taken to hospital emergency rooms so far.


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Seoul’s mayor Oh Se-hoon was visiting Europe but decided to return home following the news.

Ambulances and rescue workers arrive at the street near the scene in Seoul, South Korea, early Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. Pic: AP
Pic: AP

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol chaired an emergency meeting following the stampede.

He said in a statement that officials should ensure swift treatment for those injured and that the safety of festivity sites should be reviewed.

He also instructed the Health Ministry to swiftly deploy disaster medical assistance teams and secure beds in nearby hospitals to treat the injured.

Local media said around 100,000 people came to Itaewon for the Halloween festivities, which were the biggest in years following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in recent months.


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