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A Halloween Stampede In South Korea Has Killed At Least 153 People, Mostly Young Women

At least 153 people have been killed and 150 others injured after a stampede broke out during Halloween festivities in Seoul, South Korea.
At least 153 people have been killed and 150 others injured after a stampede broke out during Halloween celebrations in Seoul, South Korea.
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A street in Seoul’s Itaewon district is pictured full of people before a stampede during Halloween festivities killed and injured at least 153 people on October 30, 2022. (Yonhap via Reuters)
The crowd crush happened in the narrow alleys of Itaewon, Seoul’s nightlife district, on the evening of Saturday Oct. 29, when as many as 100,000 people had been out to celebrate Halloween, according to local media estimates.
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Relatives of missing people weep at a community service center on October 30, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
Kim Seo-jeong, a 17-year-old woman who survived the crush, told the New York Times that the alley was very crowded when she and her friend entered and they struggled to move.
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A man pours a glass of an alcoholic beverage, in tribute to those who were killed in a Halloween stampede late on October 29, in the district of Itaewon in Seoul on October 30, 2022. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)
“There were people pushing from behind us. There were people in front of us pushing down the hill to go in the other direction,” she said.
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Emergency service personnel are seen in the alley where a Halloween stampede took place late October 29 in Itaewon in Seoul on October 30, 2022.(Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)
“A person in front of me slipped and fell, pushing me down as well. People behind me fell like dominoes,” she said.
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Policemen at the scene of a deadly stampede during a Halloween festival on October 30, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
“There were people beneath me and people falling on top of me. I could hardly breathe. We shouted and screamed for help, but the music was so loud in the alley our shouts were drowned,” she said.
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Relatives of missing people react at a community service center on October 30, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
“People kept pushing down into a downhill club alley, resulting in other people screaming and falling down like dominos. I thought I would be crushed to death too as people kept pushing without realising there were people falling down at the start of the stampede,” a witness tweeted, according to the Guardian.
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Police keep watch on a road near to the location where a Halloween stampede took place in the neighbourhood of Itaewon in Seoul on October 30, 2022. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)
Most of the people who died were teenagers or in their 20s, authorities said. 97 were women and 54 men.
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A relative of missing persons following the Itaewon Halloween stampede reacts as she waits for updates at the Hannam-dong Community Center in Seoul on October 30, 2022. (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)
The accident is one of the deadliest peacetime accidents in South Korea’s recent history, and the death toll is expected to rise as about 20 of the injured are in serious condition.
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People comfort each other after a stampede at a packed Halloween event in central Seoul, early on October 30, 2022. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP) (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)
President Yoon Suk-yeol has declared a state of official national mourning.
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Relatives of missing persons following the Itaewon Halloween stampede react as they wait for updates at the Hannam-dong Community Center in Seoul on October 30, 2022. (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)
He promised a thorough investigation into the cause of the tragedy and improvements to ensure similar accidents don’t happen again in the future.
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Mourners leave flowers at the site of a deadly stampede in the Itaewon district of Seoul, South Korea, on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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