154 Dead In Seoul Crowd Catastrophe, South Korea Reels

154 Dead In Seoul Crowd Catastrophe, South Korea Reels

To cope with one of its worst-ever tragedies, South Korean officials are looking into the crowd surge that left at least 154 partygoers dead in Seoul. The nation has entered a week-long mourning period while authorities work to determine how the tragic crash occurred.

There are at least 26 foreign nationals killed, including two US citizens. According to over a dozen embassies worldwide, the victims are from their countries. Whatever the reason for the increase on Saturday, partygoers was reportedly jammed into small streets in Itaewon, the capital’s entertainment centre, as residents celebrated the first Halloween weekend since Covid-19 restrictions were abolished.

According to officials, at least 150 victims have all been identified. The Interior and Safety Ministry of South Korea claimed that 97 women and 56 men were among the fatalities. According to the South Korean Ministry of Education on Monday, six children from schools, including one in middle school, were among the fatalities. Also lost were three teachers.

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The ministry reported that the number of injured people increased to 133 at 5 p.m. local time on Sunday (4 a.m. ET), with 37 being badly hurt. English instructor Emily Farmer, 27, of Seoul, who was travelling through Itaewon, told CNN that “rows and rows of people with tarps covering them in the street.”

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Farmer and her pals opted to enter a bar because they felt “overwhelmed” by the street’s congestion. Soon after, there were reports that someone had passed away and that customers were not being permitted to leave. The farmer claimed that after learning the extent of the disaster, she was allowed to leave the pub after receiving an emergency communication from the authorities warning them of “a severe scenario in the neighbourhood.”

It was not very good, she declared. Not everyone passed away immediately. She said, “People were crying in groups.” Numerous patients were receiving CPR while having their costumes removed to allow emergency personnel at the site to perform CPR on them. It was so congested that “they were still hauling people (out),” she continued.

Sung Sehyun, another eyewitness, told CNN that on Saturday night, the street area was like a “jammed subway,” with Halloween partygoers crammed in so closely that it was difficult to walk around.

Suah Cho continued, “There was a lot of screaming, and people started to push and shove.” She eventually found a shortcut and ran away to safety, but not before she witnessed survivors scaling buildings. She continued, “There was also a police officer screaming, but we couldn’t tell (whether it was a genuine police officer) because so many people were wearing costumes.” She said that the costumes that people were wearing exacerbated the uncertainty.

Before the mob turned deadly, witnesses told CNN that there was little to no crowd control. Videos and images on social media show a crowded street with people standing shoulder to shoulder. For that location and for residents of Seoul, who are used to overcrowded highways and subways in a city of roughly 10 million, crowds are not unusual.

Authorities went to the area as soon as the first emergency calls started coming in at about 10:24 p.m. Still, the sheer number of individuals there made it impossible to locate those who needed assistance. Social media users posted videos of people applying compressions to other partygoers lying on the ground and awaiting medical attention.

The US, China, Iran, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Japan, Australia, Norway, and France are among the nations that have acknowledged that citizens of their countries were among the dead. According to a statement from university president Eli Capilouto, a nursing student from the University of Kentucky is among the fatalities. According to Capilouto, a junior from Northern Kentucky named Anne Gieske spent this semester studying abroad in Seoul.

According to a Korean defence ministry official who spoke to CNN, three South Korean military men were also killed. According to a briefing by Prime Minister Han Duck-soo, the South Korean government has declared a time of national mourning that will last through November 5th.

Han added that all non-urgent events will be postponed and that all government buildings and diplomatic missions will fly their flags at half-staff throughout mourning. According to Han, government agency employees and civil servants wore ribbons to show their sympathy throughout the time of sorrow.