At least 146 people were killed and 150 others were injured in a rush during Halloween fests in Seoul, officers said of one of the biggest disasters in South Korea that will probably raise serious questions about public safety norms.
The massive death risk is being tallied after people were crushed by a large crowd pushing forward on a narrow alley in Seoul’s Itaewon neighborhoods, a major rest and nightlife quarter in the capital.
Choi Seong- beom, chief of Seoul’s Yongsan fire department, said the death risk could rise and that an unidentified number among the injured were in critical condition following the rush in Itaewon on Saturday night.
He said that the bodies were being transferred to hospitals or a spa, where deprived family members could identify them. He before said the utmost of the dead and injured are in their 20s.
further than,700 response labor forces from across the country were stationed, including about 520 firefighters,100 police officers, and 70 government workers. The National Fire Agency said in a statement that all of Seoul’s available exigency workers have been mustered.
An estimated,000 people gathered in Itaewon — near a former headquarters ofU.S. military forces in an area known for trendy bars, clubs, and caffs
for the country’s biggest out-of-door Halloween fests since the epidemic began. The South Korean government eased COVID- 19 restrictions in recent months.
One survivor said numerous people fell and stumbled to one another “ like dominos ” after they were being pushed by other people at a narrow upwardly alley near Itaewon’s Hamilton Hotel. The survivor surnamed Kim said some people cried “ Help me! ” and others were short of breath. Kim described being tromped by other people for about 1 ½ hour before being saved, according to the Seoul- grounded Hankyoreh review.
Another survivor, named Lee Chang- kyu, said he saw about five to six men start pushing others before one or two began falling one by one at the launch of the rush, according to the review.
The rush is the biggest disaster since 304 people, substantially high academy scholars, failed in a ferry sinking in April 2014. The sinking exposed lax safety rules and nonsupervisory failures as it was incompletely criticized for inordinate and inadequately fastened weight and a crew inadequately trained for exigency situations. Friday’s rush will probably beget public review of government officers over what they’ve done to ameliorate public safety norms since the ferry disaster.
Television footage and prints showed ambulance vehicles lined up in thoroughfares amid a heavy police presence and exigency workers moving the injured in stretchers. exigency workers and climbers were also seen performing CPR on people lying in the thoroughfares. In one section, paramedics were seen checking the status of a dozen or further people who prevaricated motionless under blue robes.
In an interview with news channel YTN, Hwang Min- hyeok, one of the callers to Itaewon, said it was shocking to see rows of bodies laid down in the alley near Hamilton Hotel. He said exigency workers were originally overwhelmed, leaving climbers floundering to administer CPR to the injured lying on the thoroughfares. People cried beside bodies, he said.
Another survivor in his 20s said he avoided being tromped as he luckily got into a bar whose door was open at the alley, Yonhap news agency reported.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol issued a statement calling for officers to ensure nippy treatment for those injured and review the safety of the festivity spots. He also instructed the Health Ministry to fleetly emplace disaster medical backing brigades and secure beds in near sanitariums to treat the injured.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government issued exigency textbook dispatches prompting people in the area to fleetly return home.
There were some deadly rivers in South Korean history.
In 2005, 11 people were killed and around 60 others were injured in a pop musicale rush in the southern megacity of Sangju. In 1992, a teenage girl failed and dozens of others were injured during a rush at a Seoul musicale by theU.S. pop group New Kids on the Block.