146 people die at Halloween party in South Korea

A Halloween party in the Itaewon neighborhood of Seoul (South Korea), ended with about 146 people dead on the morning of this Saturday, 29. According to the police, the victims had cardiac arrest and breathing difficulties. About 150 people were injured.

So far, authorities have not discovered what caused the tragedy. One of the lines of investigation is that the victims were crushed after a crowd gathered in a narrow street.

On social media, many residents posted images of bodies covered in bags and rescuers pushing away people who tried to approach.

According to the Reuters news agency, at 11:30 pm (11:30 am GMT), dozens of people were receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation, to ensure oxygenation of bodily organs.

Then, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol sent an emergency medical team to the scene. In addition, he ordered hospital beds to be made ready to treat the wounded.

According to BBC News, around 100,000 people were celebrating Halloween. This was the first major local celebration without masks since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The neighborhood has several restaurants and bars, being popular with foreigners in the city. According to the newspaper Washington Post, for ten years the biggest Halloween parties in the city have been held there. This is the country’s worst tragedy since 2014. At the time, a ferry sank and more than 300 people died.

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