Amit Kasana, Seoul: The death toll continues to rise after a stampede at Seoul’s Halloween celebrations. So far 120 people have been confirmed dead. This figure may go further. According to media reports so far, the first scuffle started near South Korea’s favorite Hamilton Hotel.
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This incident happened due to the increase in the crowd in the narrow street
According to media reports, the number of people around the hotel was in the hundreds. It was getting difficult to control the crowd here. Suddenly the crowd started pushing from behind. As the crowd was more people started climbing on each other further. Which caused a stampede. With screams, people started running here and there to save their lives. Choi Cheon-sik, an official with the National Fire Agency, said the incident occurred as a crowd gathered on a narrow street in Itawan Lesser district. After which a stampede broke out around the hotel.
millions of people were on the streets
It is being told that several lakh people were on the road at the Halloween celebrations. After the year 2020, this ceremony was not taking place due to Kovid 19. Now after two years, when this program happened again, a large number of people came out on the streets to take part in it. According to the information, the entire area was converted into a cantonment. More than 500 policemen were deployed on the road. But when the stampede happened, it became difficult to control.
death toll may rise
The police was heard making announcements appealing to the people to maintain peace and restraint. According to media reports, about 50 people suffering from cardiac arrest were given CPR due to the stampede in the party. Emergency department officials said 81 calls came from people who had difficulty breathing. South Korean President Eun Suk Yeol issued a statement instructing officials to provide better treatment to the injured. Along with this, he has been asked to review the security of the festival sites.
what is halloween
Halloween festival is celebrated in western countries. It is believed that this festival is celebrated for the peace of the souls of the ancestors. On this day people do scary makeup and wear scary outfits. Halloween has its origins from the ancient Celtic festival Samhain. This day is the last day of the Celtic calendar. Hence among the Celtic people it is celebrated as the beginning of the new year. People of Christian community celebrate this festival with great pomp. Halloween is celebrated in America, England and European countries, but the festival originated in Ireland and Scotland.