What seemed to be a Halloween night in Seoul turned into a tragedy, after a human stampede left hundreds dead and injured in the South Korean capital. at least 151 people were killed s 82 injured in serious condition The human avalanche occurred during a party in the Itaewon neighborhood. “At 10:46 pm (2:46 pm Spanish time) on October 29, an accident occurred due to overcrowding near the Hamilton Hotel. The South Korean press quoted the Central Office of Disaster and Security of the South Korean Ministry of Interior that the number of victims is estimated at more than a hundred. “. And the health authorities indicated that most of the dead were young people around the age of twenty. They pointed out that there were foreigners among the victims.
According to South Korean news agency Yonhap, emergency services received more than 80 warning calls from the area From the Hamilton Hotel, near the scene of the disaster, due to breathing difficulties. According to the authorities, more than 100,000 people gathered in the Itaewon neighborhood known for its Halloween celebrations, and thousands gathered in its narrow streets.
The Seoul Metropolitan Police has already opened an investigation to find out the causes of this avalanche. Although details are not yet known, local media say a large number of people started pushing others down a narrow alley on a slope, causing hundreds of them to fall to the ground in an avalanche. The police and firefighters moved to the scene, and, according to the newspaper, “Hangyor Sinmun”, they began removing “dozens” of the bodies of the first deceased in the disaster.
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Firefighters activated a level three response at 11:50 p.m. local time and dispatched personnel to the area, where a field hospital has been set up with the support of Seoul National University Hospital, Kyunghee University Hospital and Hanyang University Hospital. At least 142 emergency vehicles including ambulances and fire trucks were dispatched to the scene. Pictures and videos circulating on social media show dozens of lifeless bodies lying on the ground, covered with blankets and towels. Rescuers were seen massaging each other’s hearts, police in yellow jackets cordoned off the area and rescue workers carried some of the victims on stretchers to ambulances.
“Everyone suddenly fell and crushed the people below,” local media Yonhap quoted an eyewitness as saying.
South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol called his cabinet in a state of emergency, ordered first aid teams to be dispatched to the scene and asked hospitals to prepare to receive the wounded. For his part, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, who was touring Europe, decided to return to the South Korean capital immediately after the accident, according to municipal authorities.