South Korea: Dozens suffer cardiac arrest after stampede in Seoul

SEOUL: South Korean authorities said around 50 people have suffered cardiac arrest and several are feared dead after being crushed by a large crew pushing forward on a narrow street during the Halloween festivities in the capital, Seoul.
Choi Cheon-sik, an official with the National Fire Agency, said about 100 people were injured during Saturday night’s crowd in the Itaewon entertainment district and about 50 were being treated for cardiac arrest since early morning. Sunday.
Choi said people were believed to have been crushed to death after a large crowd began moving into a narrow alley near the Hamilton Hotel, a major party venue in Seoul.
He said more than 400 emergency workers from across the country, including virtually all available personnel in Seoul, were deployed to the streets to treat the injured. Authorities did not immediately release the death toll.
Video on social media showed first responders administering CPR to several people lying in the street.
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 It happened on the streets of Itaewon where a crowd of people gathered for the Halloween festivities. The officer requested anonymity, saying details of the incident were still under investigation.
Some local media reports previously said that the crush occurred after a large number of people rushed to an Itaewon bar after hearing that an unidentified celebrity visited there.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol issued a statement asking officials to ensure prompt treatment for the injured and review the safety of venues. He also instructed the Ministry of Health to rapidly deploy disaster medical assistance teams and secure beds at a nearby hospital to treat the injured.


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