SEOUL — Dozens of revelers had been injured on Saturday night time throughout a stampede in Seoul, the place hundreds of individuals had gathered within the metropolis’s standard Itaewon neighborhood to have fun Halloween.
As many as 81 folks had been reported to be struggling “respiratory issues,” law enforcement officials mentioned. The South Korean nationwide information company, Yonhap, reported that about 50 folks had been in cardiac arrest.
President Yoon Suk Yeol ordered his authorities to dispatch pressing assist and medical help to the scene after he was knowledgeable of “a number of casualties,” his workplace mentioned in a press release.
Seoul’s mayor, Oh Se-hoon, who was visiting the Netherlands, was returning to South Korea, his workplace mentioned.
Photographs revealed by home media confirmed residents, law enforcement officials and emergency medical staff performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on folks sprawled on the pavement. Stay footage on MBC-TV, a neighborhood broadcaster, confirmed firefighters carrying what appeared like our bodies lined with white sheets on stretchers to ambulances.
Native media mentioned the slim alleys of Itaewon had been jam-packed with as many as 100,000 folks for the Halloween festivities on Saturday night. Earlier within the day, giant protests had blocked metropolis site visitors within the space.
It is a growing story.