At least 146 people died and around 150 others were injured during Halloween celebrations in Seoul on Sunday night. The tragedy happened in the nightlife district of Itaewon after crowds reportedly poured into a narrow side street. The people were probably crushed to death, said fire chief Choi Seong Beom. Several people suffered cardiac arrest. Several foreigners were also taken to hospitals. The death toll could continue to rise.
According to local media reports, the crush came about because numerous people rushed to a bar where a prominent person is said to have stayed.
The incident happened late in the evening around 10:20 p.m. local time (3:20 p.m. CEST). According to police, dozens of people were given first aid at the scene. More than 400 rescue workers have been dispatched across the country to treat the injured.
According to media reports, around 100,000 people were out and about in Itaewon for the first Halloween celebration since the start of the 2020 corona pandemic.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol ordered security arrangements for celebrations to be reviewed.