151 Killed In South Korea’s Halloween Stampede

30 October, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

151 Killed In South Koreas Halloween Stampede Top News

This year's Halloween was the first time since the pandemic began in 2020 that South Koreans were not required to wear face masks outside.

A stampede at a popular market in South Korea’s capital Seoul, where a large crowd had gathered for Halloween, killed at least 151 people and injured more than 100.

The following are the most recent updates on South Korea’s Halloween Stampede:

  1. The crowd surge and crush occurred in central Seoul, where local media reported that up to one lakh people, mostly in their teens and twenties, had gathered to celebrate Halloween, clogging the area’s narrow alleyways and winding streets.
  2. President Yoon Suk-yeol declared a state of national mourning on Sunday, saying the government would pay for those injured’s medical care and funerals.
  3. According to the President, the government “will thoroughly investigate the cause of the incident and make fundamental improvements to ensure that the same accident does not occur again in the future.”
  4. The deadliest stampede in recent South Korean history occurred in a narrow downhill alley, with eyewitnesses describing scenes of panic as people “fell like dominoes.”
  5. According to fire department officials, 19 foreigners were among those killed in the deadly stampede at a Halloween event. They also stated that 97 of the deceased were female and 54 were male.
  6. Police and firefighters were seen attempting to resuscitate people who had collapsed due to the chaos in the narrow streets.
  7. “People were piled on top of one another like in a tomb. Some were gradually losing consciousness, while others appeared to be dead by that point “According to AFP, an eyewitness.
  8. This year’s Halloween was the first time since the pandemic began in 2020 that South Koreans were not required to wear face masks outside.
  9. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar expressed his condolences for the tragedy and assured the grieving nation of India’s solidarity, saying he was “deeply shocked” by the loss of young lives.
  10. US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak both took to Twitter to express their sorrow over the tragic crush.