Survivors of the fatal stampede during South Korea’s Halloween festivities on Saturday night are sharing their stories of what happened during the deadly incident.
“Last night there were a lot of people here. People didn’t know what to do. The police came, they took people down and a lot of people were doing resuscitation on those who were on the ground. Everything went well. passed in an instant,” 31-year-old Abdo Al-Kader said Korea time on Sunday.
As of Sunday afternoon, at least 154 people are believed to have died while 133 others were injured, according to South Korean media. Crowd crushing led to dozens of people going into cardiac arrest in Seoul’s bustling nightlife district of Itaewon, near the Hamilton Hotel.
“I was there maybe 9-10pm at Itaewon Station. It was so crowded. From the corner of the aisle, we saw that a lot of people were trying to get out of there. It was so heartbreaking,” Beta Bayusantika told the newspaper. “I’ve heard people say ‘Help! Help! Help!’ in Korean.”
Police estimate around 100,000 people gathered in Itaewon to celebrate the holiday, according to The Korean Herald. Meanwhile, the Hannam-dong community center reported 4,024 missing people as of 5 p.m. Seoul time on Sunday.
Foreign nationals were also among the victims, including two Americans. A US State Department official confirmed Newsweek Sunday that they were “killed in the Itaewon tragedy”.
“Our staff in Seoul and our colleagues in the United States are working tirelessly to provide consular assistance to the victims of last night’s incident and their families,” the official said. Newsweek in an email. “The U.S. Embassy Seoul is working closely with local authorities and other partner organizations to assist affected U.S. citizens. We offer our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed and continue to assist those injured. “
The deceased victims include 26 foreigners from the United States, Kazakhstan, Iran, China, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, Russia, France, Vietnam, Norway, Thailand and Austria, according to Korea time. Among the injured were 15 foreign nationals.
Meanwhile, 26-year-old Osman Karakan recounted Korea time that he saw dead people lying in the street and others trying to help those who fell unconscious during the chaos.
“I was here with my friends around 9 p.m. in the street and a lot of people were doing CPR on it,” said Karakan, who was later asked by the club owner to help move the bodies on the street.
Sonali Madane recalled how rumors spread as people tried to figure out the cause of the stampede, with some saying ‘a celebrity’ was coming, while others wondered whether or not there was an explosion or a bomb.
Karakan and Al-Kader pointed out that the increase in crowds occurred due to the lack of police, adding that officers could have directed the crowds to control the situation.
Meanwhile, Marwan, 24, said three of his friends had died, according to korean heroined, adding, “I used to hang out with them every weekend in Itaewon and now they are dead. There were no bodyguards or owners trying to stop the situation.”
Police said Soonchunhyang University Hospital, which has seen many victims, ran out of space and had to send some of them away, The Korean Herald reported in another article.
“Following the directive from the president, the government has decided to observe a period of national mourning until midnight on November 5, during which the nation will mourn the dead,” South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck said. soo. The Korean Herald. During the period of mourning, all government offices and overseas missions will lower their flags at half mast and cancel or postpone non-essential public events.
Newsweek contacted the South Korean Ministry of Interior and Security for comment.