146 killed, 150 injured in stampede at Halloween parties in Seoul

Seoul, Oct 30 (IANS) Upwards of 146 individuals have been killed while 150 others were harmed in a dangerous rush in Seoul’s Itaewon locale, as colossal hordes of partygoers charged at late-night Halloween festivities, fire specialists said on Sunday.

The mishap occurred on Saturday night in a thin downhill rear entryway close to Hamilton Inn in the well known nightlife region after a crowd of partygoers overflowed into it, as per witnesses.


A huge number of individuals were visiting the region for Halloween parties, Yonhap news organization revealed.

A sum of 146 individuals had been affirmed dead as of early Sunday morning with 150 others harmed, fire specialists said, adding the loss of life could rise further.

Choi Seong-beom, Top of the Local group of fire-fighters in Yongsan, which incorporates Itaewon, told journalists “numerous setbacks were caused as a horde of individuals fell over during Halloween parties”.

Casualties in their 20s represented the age bunch most impacted by the mishap, the specialists additionally said.

Fire specialists at first got many reports from individuals in the Itaewon region about patients with breathing challenges. Heros shipped off the scene had directed CPR on many casualties on a close by street.

“As individuals in the front fell over, those in the back were squashed,” an observer in his 20s told Yonhap news organization.

Tales at the scene were that a horde of individuals had run to a spot to see a superstar or candies bound with drugs had been dispersed at clubs, yet the specific reason for the mishap is yet to be known.

Soon after the rush, President Yoon Suk-yeol directed two progressive crisis gatherings, requesting authorities to quickly regulate medical aid and treat the harmed, the official office said.

Yoon likewise requested authorities to convey crisis clinical authorities to Itaewon and secure crisis beds.

Subsequent to managing a crisis meeting on the charge, Yoon trained authorities to research the reason for the mishap completely.

Independently, Head of the state Han Duck-soo trained authorities to put forth most extreme attempts to limit harms.

In the mean time, Seoul Chairman Gracious Se-hoon, who is on a visit to Europe, chose to get back following the mishap, city authorities said.

A sum of 848 faculty, including 346 firemen, were prepared for the area.

Police intend to send off an examination soon into whether bars and clubs in the space were in consistence with security guidelines.