Dramatic stampede during Halloween celebration in Seoul leaves more than 50 seriously injured: dozens feared dead

More than 50 people seriously injured in Seoul

At least 50 people They entered Serious condition as a result of apparent stampede in the neighbourhood Itaewonin the middle Seoulwhich gathers thousands of people every year during the celebration Halloweenreported the fire service of the capital of South Korea.

Videos shared on social media show emergency teams practicing CPR on dozens of people in the streets Itaewon.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeolhe ordered an emergency operation to provide first aid to the victims.

People perform CPR on victims in the streets
People perform CPR on victims in the streets

Firefighters reported that around 100 people are currently in need of emergency medical assistance, of which at least 50 are on standby. cardiorespiratoria.

The apparent stampede happened around 11:30 p.m. local time (14:30 GMT) near Hotel Hamiltonin front of Itaewon subway station.

More than 50 people seriously injured in Seoul

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Every year, the Itaewon district, near the US military base, becomes the busiest place for Halloween celebrations in Seoul.

South Korean authorities said 50 of the seriously injured suffered a heart attack and it is feared that several were killed after the stampede of the great crowd which advanced in the narrow street.

Choi Cheon-sikofficial National Fire Agency, He said about 100 people were injured.

People lie in the streets after a stampede in Seoul
People lie in the streets after a stampede in Seoul

He said more than 400 emergency workers from across the country, including almost all available personnel in Seoul, were deployed to the streets to treat the injured. Authorities did not immediately release the death toll.

Videos on social media show first responders administering RCP several people lying on the street.

More than 50 people seriously injured in Seoul

Police also confirmed that dozens of people were receiving CPR on the streets of Itaewon, while many others were taken to nearby hospitals.

A local police officer said he was also informed that a stampede had broken out on the streets of Itaewon, where crowds of people had gathered to celebrate Halloween. The officer requested anonymity, saying the details of the incident were still under investigation.

Some local media earlier reported that the incident occurred after a large number of people flocked to the Itaewon bar after hearing that an unidentified celebrity had visited the venue.

President of South Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol, issued a statement asking officials to provide quick assistance for the injured and review the security of the scene. He also ordered the Ministry of Health to quickly deploy disaster medical teams and provide beds in a nearby hospital to treat the injured.

(With information from EFE and AP)

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