Over 146 persons have been pronounced dead by government officials, while rescue effort is still ongoing over hundreds of people who suffered injury in a stampede during Halloween party celebration at Itaewon, Seoul, South Korea.
More dead bodies or body bags were seen lit the streets after an estimated 100,000 people gathered in the Itaewon town to celebrate the first biggest Halloween festival since 2019, due to coronavirus lockdown.
Fire service authority puts current figures of confirmed dead bodies at 146, according to Sky News report.
The death toll may continue to rise as hundreds were found injured on the night of October 29, 2022 in Seoul Korea.
“More than 100,000 people gathered in the neighborhood of Itaewon to celebrate the Halloween weekend. This was the first big Halloween event since 2019”, a resident said.
Fire officials said, the accident occurred around 10:15 PM, South Korea time, just before the police received reports that about 20 people have fainted due to a crowd surge.
The accident occured near Hamilton hotel in Itaewon.
It was gathered that emergency broadcast had been sent to every mobile phone in the Yongsan District, urging citizens to return home as soon as possible.
Some videos posted online, from Seoul’s Itaewon district show body bags on the streets, emergency workers performing CPR, and rescuers trying to pull people trapped beneath others.