South Korea stumbles as Seoul massacre rises to 154 | CNN

CNN — South Korean authorities are investigating a crowd surge that killed at least 154 party-goers in Seoul. The country has begun a week of mourning and officials are trying to understand how the devastating mourning happened. At least 26 foreigners, including two U.S. citizens, were among the dead. More than a dozen embassies around the world have confirmed victims in their own countries. The cause of the Saturday surge is unclear, but eyewitnesses said party goers packed into the narrow streets of the capital’s nightlife district as they enjoyed the first Halloween weekend since COVID-19 restrictions were lifted. Almost all victims (at least 150) have been identified. Police told CNN. According to South Korea’s Ministry of the Interior and Safety, the death toll was 56 men and 97 women. South Korea’s education ministry said Monday there were six students, including a middle school student, among the dead. Three teachers also died. As of 5 p.m. local time (4 a.m. EST) on Sunday, the number of people injured had risen to 133, of which 37 were seriously injured. Emily Farmer, a 27-year-old English teacher who was passing through Itaewon in Seoul, told CNN that “there were lines of people wearing tarpaulins on the side of the road.” Farmer and her friends were “overwhelmed” by the crowd on the street and decided to enter the bar. Shortly thereafter, someone died and rumors began to spread that the guests could not leave. She said that Palmer had received an urgent message from the government that she was “a dangerous situation in the area” and that she was later allowed to leave the bar when she learned of the scale of the tragedy, she said. “It was terrible,” she said. She said. “Not everyone died immediately.” She added that a lot of people were crying. Many victims were receiving CPR, and medical staff on the scene took off their costumes to resuscitate them. “It was still getting people because it was too crowded,” she added. Se-hyeon Seong, another eyewitness, told CNN that “the streets were like a “pushed subway” with people coming to the Halloween party on Saturday evening so full that they couldn’t move. She eventually detoured and ran to safety, but saw people climbing up the building to survive. She added that the costumes people were wearing added to the confusion.” We couldn’t tell if they were real police officers or not because the people were wearing costumes.” Witnesses told CNN that there was little crowd control before many of them became fatal. Videos and photos posted on social media showed people standing side by side in narrow streets Crowds are not unusual for Seoul residents accustomed to crowded subways and streets in the area or in a city of nearly 10 million. After the first emergency call around 10:24 pm, authorities rushed to They were rushed to the scene, but the huge crowds made it difficult to reach those in need, and a video posted on social media showed people putting pressure on another party-goer lying on the floor while waiting for medical assistance. Several countries, including China, Iran, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Japan, Australia, Norway and France, have confirmed the number of victims. A University of Kentucky nursing student has died, according to a statement by University President Eli Capilouto. Anne Gieske, a third-year student, said she was studying in Seoul this semester, a South Korean Ministry of National Defense official told CNN that “three South Korean soldiers were among the dead.” It said it has set a mourning period, during which all public institutions and missions will raise their flags with half staff and all non-urgent events will be postponed. She added, An official said, “Public officials and employees of public institutions wear ribbons to express their condolences during the mourning period.”

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