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Officers: 100 injured after Halloween crowd surge in Seoul

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SEOUL, South Korea — About 100 folks have been injured and an unspecified quantity have been feared lifeless after being crushed by a big crowd pushing ahead on a slender road throughout Halloween festivities within the capital Seoul, South Korean officers mentioned.

Choi Cheon-sik, an official from the Nationwide Fireplace Company, mentioned round 100 folks have been reported as injured through the crowd surge Saturday evening within the Itaewon leisure district and round 50 have been being handled for cardiac arrest as of early Sunday.

Choi mentioned it was believed that folks have been crushed to loss of life after a big crowd started pushing ahead in a slender alley close to Hamilton Lodge, a serious occasion spot in Seoul.

He mentioned greater than 400 emergency employees and 140 automobiles from across the nation, together with all accessible personnel in Seoul, have been deployed to the streets to deal with the injured.

Officers didn’t instantly launch a loss of life toll, as they normally do not till the deaths are confirmed at hospitals. The Nationwide Fireplace Company individually mentioned in a press release that officers have been nonetheless attempting to find out the precise variety of emergency sufferers.

TV footage and pictures from the scene confirmed ambulance automobiles lined up in streets amid a heavy police presence and emergency employees shifting the injured in stretchers. Emergency employees and pedestrians have been additionally seen performing CPR on folks mendacity within the streets. A number of folks, apparently amongst these injured, have been seen coated in yellow blankets.

Police additionally confirmed that dozens of individuals have been being given CPR on Itaewon streets whereas many others have been taken to close by hospitals.

An area police officer mentioned he was additionally knowledgeable {that a} stampede occurred on Itaewon’s streets the place a crowd of individuals gathered for Halloween festivities. The officer requested anonymity, saying the small print of the incident was nonetheless below investigation.

Some native media reviews earlier mentioned the crush occurred after numerous folks rushed to an Itaewon bar after listening to an unidentified celeb visited there.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol issued a press release calling for officers to make sure swift therapy for these injured and evaluation the security of the festivity websites. He additionally instructed the Well being Ministry to swiftly deploy catastrophe medical help groups and safe beds in close by hospital to deal with the injured.

Native media mentioned round 100,000 folks flocked to Itaewon streets for the Halloween festivities, which have been the most important in years following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in latest months.

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