Halloween stampede in Seoul leaves at least 149 dead

Halloween stampede in Seoul leaves at least 149 dead

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT – A stampede in South Korea killed at least 149 people and injured another 150 when a crowd celebrating Halloween crammed into an alley in the Itaewon area of Seoul

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT – A stampede in South Korea killed at least 149 people and injured another 150 when a crowd celebrating Halloween crammed into an alley in the Itaewon area of Seoul

A further 150 people were injured in the melee when a crowd, many wearing masks and costumes, surged into an alley. It was the first Halloween event in Seoul in three years after the country lifted COVID restrictions and social distancing.

5Fire officials and witnesses said people continued to pour into the narrow alley that was already packed wall-to-wall, when those at the top of the sloped street fell, sending people below them toppling over others.An unnamed woman who said she was the mother of a survivor said her daughter and others were trapped for more than an hour before being pulled from the crush of people in the alley.

A Reuters witness said a makeshift morgue was set up in a building adjacent to the scene. About four dozen bodies were carried out later on wheeled stretchers and moved to a government facility to identify the victims, according to the witness.The Itaewon district is popular with young South Koreans and expatriates alike, its dozens of bars and restaurants packed on Saturday for Halloween after businesses had suffered a sharp decline over three years of the pandemic.

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