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(3rd LD) About 50 people suffer cardiac arrest in stampede at Halloween parties in Seoul

All News 01:36 October 30, 2022

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with details, photos)

SEOUL, Oct. 30 (Yonhap) -- About 50 people have been receiving CPR after suffering from cardiac arrest in Seoul's Itaewon district, as huge crowds of people stampeded at Halloween parties, according to fire authorities.

Emergency officials received at least 81 calls from people in Itaewon saying they were having difficulty breathing, they said.

The stampede took place near the Hamilton Hotel in the nightlife district of Itaewon, as a large number of people were believed to have entered a narrow alley near the hotel.

President Yoon Suk-yeol, who presided over an emergency meeting on the stampede, ordered officials to swiftly administer first aid and treat the injured, the presidential office said.

Halloween stampede in Seoul's Itaewon
Halloween stampede in Seoul's Itaewon

A police line surrounds a street in Seoul's Itaewon district on Oct. 30, 2022, where about 50 people fell into cardiac arrest from a stampede during Halloween parties the previous day. (Yonhap)

Yoon also ordered officials to deploy emergency medical officials to Itaewon and secure emergency beds.

Separately, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo instructed officials to make utmost efforts to minimize damages.

Meanwhile, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, who is on a visit to Europe, decided to return home in the wake of the accident, city officials said.

A total of 142 firefighting vehicles were mobilized for the area.

Including some 50 people who were suffering cardiac arrest, fire authorities estimated about 100 people were hurt.

As of around 1 a.m. Sunday, a total of 21 people, mostly women in their 20s, had been sent to emergency rooms, officials said.

Chaos in Seoul's Itaewon
Chaos in Seoul's Itaewon

Rescuers move injured people in Seoul's Itaewon district on Oct. 30, 2022, after about 50 people were reported to be in cardiac arrest from a stampede during Halloween parties. (Yonhap)

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