The nationwide fireplace company stated the demise toll from the accident had risen to 151 folks, together with 19 foreigners, who died in a crowd surge and stampede which occurred at about 10:00 pm (1300 GMT) Saturday.
The hearth company couldn’t instantly present particulars of the nationalities concerned, however the Yonhap information company reported that it included folks from Iran, Uzbekistan, China and Norway.
South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol declared a interval of nationwide mourning Sunday, saying the federal government would pay for the medical care of these injured and the funerals of those that died.
“Within the centre of Seoul, a tragedy and catastrophe occurred that ought to not have occurred,” Yoon stated in a nationwide tackle.
The catastrophe occurred within the capital’s Itaewon district, the place native studies stated as many as 100,000 folks — principally of their teenagers and 20s — had gone to rejoice Halloween, clogging the realm’s slender alleyways and winding streets.
Of the useless, 97 have been feminine and 54 have been male, stated Choi Seong-beom, head of the fireplace division in Yongsan, which incorporates Itaewon, Yonhap reported.
Choi stated 82 folks have been injured together with 19 significantly, though the Ministry of Inside stated 150 folks had been injured.
The stampede, the deadliest in South Korea’s latest historical past, occurred in a slender downhill alley close to Hamilton Resort, with eyewitnesses describing scenes of panic as folks “fell like dominoes”, Yonhap reported.
“A brief particular person like me couldn’t even breathe,” one feminine eyewitness informed Yonhap.
“It appears to be like like folks within the center suffered probably the most,” she stated.