Multiple Deaths Reported in Overcrowding During Halloween Festivities in Seoul's Itaewon Neighborhood

At least 59 people were killed and dozens needed emergency medical attention in Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday, October 29, after overcrowding during Halloween festivities in the Itaewon neighborhood, Yonhap reported.

Yonhap reported at least 59 people were killed, citing the fire authority. Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, who was visiting Europe, was expected to return after the incident, reports said.

Videos posted by Twitter user @janelles_story show panicked people trying to push through dense crowds in the Itaewon neighborhood in Seoul and emergency vehicles. The poster said that in the moment they “had no idea” that the situation was “truly unsafe and serious.”

Other social media posts from the area show multiple people receiving CPR on the sidewalk. Credit: @janelles_story via Storyful

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