Dozens of people in Seoul, the South Korean capital, are receiving medical assistance after an incident during Halloween festivities in the city, according to the Yonhap news agency.
Yonhap reported that people were suffering from “cardiac arrest”, blaming firefighters. Emergency officials received at least 81 people in Seoul’s Itaewon district reporting “difficulty breathing”.
Authorities have yet to provide exact details about the cause of the incident or the condition of the injured.
Police cordoned off the area of Seoul’s Itaewon district and videos on social media showed people lying in the streets.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol has sent a disaster medical assistance team to the Halloween incident at Itaewon in Seoul, according to the presidential office.
The president also ordered authorities to secure emergency beds at nearby hospitals and implement rapid rescue and treatment operations, presidential spokesman Lee Jae-Myung said during a briefing.
Yoon was in an emergency meeting regarding the situation, the office said in a statement.
This is a developing story and will be updated.