Friday, December 9

At least 50 seriously injured at Halloween celebration in downtown Seoul

At least 50 people are in cardiorespiratory arrest as a result of a possible stampede in the Itaewon neighborhood, in the center of Seoul, which brings together thousands of people every year during the Halloween celebration, the capital’s fire department has reported. South Korean.

A total of 81 people currently require emergency medical assistance, including at least 50 of them in cardiorespiratory arrest, according to the fire department.

Videos shared on social networks show emergency teams practicing resuscitation maneuvers on dozens of people on the streets of Itaewon.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has ordered an emergency operation to provide first aid to those affected and to provide beds and hospital care.

The apparent stampede took place around 11:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. GMT) near the Hamilton Hotel, opposite the Itaewon subway station.

Every year the Itaewon neighborhood, adjacent to a US military base, becomes the busiest spot to celebrate Halloween in Seoul.