NewsStampede in South Korea - death toll after Halloween...

Stampede in South Korea – death toll after Halloween celebration rises to 151

Created: 10/30/2022, 06:15 am

The whole country is in shock. More than 150 people die at a Halloween celebration in Seoul – the worst catastrophe South Korea has ever experienced.

Update from October 30, 2022, 6:05 a.m .: The death toll after the Halloween celebration in South Korea is increasing. According to the Seoul Fire Department, at least 151 people died as a result of the stampede. 82 other people were injured, some seriously. According to the authorities, 19 foreigners are among the dead.

name of the city Seoul
founding 1394
size 9.776 million

South Korea: mass panic after Halloween celebration – hundreds dead in Seoul

According to recent reports, at least 146 people have been killed and around 150 others injured in a stampede in the South Korean capital Seoul. Many victims were trampled to death, said a fire department spokesman on Sunday night (October 30, local time). Thousands of people had crowded the narrow streets of the Itaewon neighborhood for the first Halloween celebrations since the start of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. A mass panic broke out around 10:20 p.m.

Ein zertrampelter PLastik-Kürbis auf den Straßen von Seoul, wo eine Massenpanik zum Tod von mehr als 150 Menschen geführt hat.
A trampled plastic pumpkin on the streets of Seoul, where a stampede killed more than 150 people. © IMAGO/Jimmy Han/PentaPress

Initially, the fire department had spoken of dozens of people with cardiac arrest. Photos and videos showed people lying on the ground being cared for by rescue workers. According to the fire department, more than 140 ambulances were on site. Police officers cordoned off the scene of the accident in the popular nightlife area. President Yoon Suk Yeol ordered hospital beds to be vacated as soon as possible.

Stampede in Seoul: “People layered as if in a grave”

The South Korean news agency Yonhap quoted an eyewitness who wished to remain anonymous. “People were layered on top of each other like in a tomb,” the witness described the scenes. “Some gradually lost consciousness, while others looked dead by that point.”

Mass panic in Seoul: causes of the tragedy still unclear

The Halloween festival coming from the USA is actually celebrated on the night of October 31st to November 1st. It goes back to a Celtic custom, according to which evil spirits should be driven away at the beginning of the dark season.

President Yoon Suk-yeol chaired an emergency meeting on Sunday night (October 30). Before that, he ordered more emergency personnel to be sent to the area and hospital beds to be prepared. According to Yonhap, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, who is currently visiting Europe, has canceled all scheduled meetings and announced his immediate return. The exact causes of the tragedy were initially unclear. (skr/afp/dpa)

Schedules of the Valencia GP of MotoGP in Cheste and how to see it

The Cheste circuit hosts this weekend, from November 4 to 6, the 2022 MotoGP Comunitat Valenciana GP. See the schedules and all the information.

"Don't talk to me!": Danni Büchner makes a clear announcement to hated party guests

Danni Büchner is invited to Sam Dylan's Halloween party. But the "Goodbye Germany" emigrant has no desire for many other party guests. And find clear words.

King Charles III Portrait now on the first coin: Serious change to the Queen

Charles III first coins with his portrait are there. Coin lovers immediately discover two striking differences.

Unknown colourfulness

Bird Species Discovered on Islands in Indonesia

Braking was tricky

Apart from that, everything worked like a picture book for the railway world record in Switzerland