AT LEAST 149 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN A HALLOWEEN CROWD IN SEOUL
Authorities have had little to say about the official cause of death and injury, but Yonhap news agency reports that people are suffering from cardiac arrest and shortness of breath.
The President of South Korea has called on officials to quickly identify the victims for the sake of the families involved, as many of those discovered are still missing.
Two foreigners died in the Halloween tragedy in Itaewon and more than a dozen others – including a US citizen – were among the injured, officials said.
Yongsan Fire Police Chief Choi Seong-bum said two “foreign nationals” were killed but did not say where they came from. He added that 15 other foreign nationals were injured.
According to the US Department of State, at least one of the injured is a US citizen.
“We are working with local authorities to determine if other US citizens have been affected and we are ready to provide consular assistance,” the official said. teenagers or people in their twenties, according to Yongsan fire department chief.
In an update on Sunday morning, Police Chief Choi Seong-bum said at least 149 people had died and 76 were injured. 19 of them were seriously injured while 57 others suffered minor injuries.
Late Saturday, while officials were still trying to grasp the full scale of the tragedy, authorities said up to 150 people were injured.
The President of South Korea has called on the authorities to quickly identify the deceased, as many are still missing.