Seoul Officials have confirmed the death of 149 people following a crowd surge at one of the biggest Halloween get-togethers on Saturday.
Most of the deaths are of teenagers and people in their 20s, emergency officials reported. Sixty-five people were injured in the melee, with 16 in critical condition, Choi Sung-beom, head of the Yongsan Fire Station, said in a briefing at the scene. It’s possible the death toll could rise.
Initially reports came that dozens of people were injured and needed CPR after tens of thousands of people gathered in the relatively tight alleyways to celebrate Halloween. It’s believed at some point a stampede occurred.
Videos across social media show countless people laid out on the floor in the streets of the popular neighborhood Itaewon. Dozens received chest compressions from both first responders and bystanders alike in the clips, TMZ reported.
It was a frantic scene, with many showing no signs of consciousness.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol sent out emergency services, and the mayor is on his way from an international trip to survey the damages.
U.S. President Joe Biden and his wife sent their condolences and wrote: “We grieve with the people of the Republic of Korea and send our best wishes for a quick recovery to all those who were injured.”