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What Happened? A Closer Look Inside The Shocking Itaewon Halloween Emergency

On October 29, round 10:15 PM (KST), the Yongsan Fire Station obtained a number of studies of a “crush accident” or a human stampede going down in Itaewon—a district in Seoul, South Korea, well-known for its annual Halloween celebrations. By 6:00 AM (KST), the South Korean National Fire Agency confirmed in an official briefing on the scene that 149 individuals had died.

What really occurred within the span of eight hours?

Thousands of Halloween celebrators pack the streets of Itaewon.

The district of Itaewon tried to organize itself for Halloween 2022: The first no-mask-required “event” following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expecting over 100,000+ guests, Itaewon dispatched over 200+ officers for the weekend of October 28-31, although it was “to prevent crimes such as illegal filming and abuse.” The cops have been additionally anticipated to “strengthen the crackdown on crimes associated with drugs.” 

A stampede in a decent alleyway results in a crowd surge.

In a decent alleyway, subsequent to the landmark Hamilton Hotel, Itaewon guests began falling on prime of one another as the gang continued to push. The state of affairs escalated shortly as this alleyway, later reported to be round 4 meters in width—barely sufficient to suit a sedan, has a slight grade.

The alleyway of Itaewon-ro the place the stampede passed off. | Google Maps

Caught between the gang popping out of the resort and the gang popping out of the Itaewon subway station exits 1 and a couple of, round 50+ victims confirmed indicators of suffocation and cardiac arrest.

At this level, round 10:15 to 10:22 PM, the primary spherical of studies have been made to the Yongsan Fire Station. Emergency officers reportedly obtained at the very least 81 calls reporting problem of respiratory.

Ambulances are dispatched however have problem transferring by means of crowds.

Over 142 first responder autos have been mobilized to deal with the emergency state of affairs. Against the gang, nevertheless, EMTs had excessive problem accessing the scene of the gang surge.

It’s Halloween evening and Itaewon has been packed since earlier. Impossible to maneuver within the streets, crowds spilling onto the roads.

— Raphael Rashid @koryodynasty/Twitter

Meanwhile, the web noticed clips of ignorant partygoers within the streets dancing and singing—blocking entry and creating site visitors as firetrucks and ambulances tried to manage help to these in want.

EMTs start administering CPR to these in cardiac arrest.

Lacking the house and personnel to deal with the gang surge, the emergency medical technicians started administering CPR to the victims on the scene on the streets of Itaewon. Social media platforms, like Twitter,  noticed “Disturbing footage emerging showing dozens of people lying on the floor receiving CPR from emergency services.”

Official studies of casualties are available in, together with pictures of victims on the streets.

| @AmazingBen25/Twitter

During the second briefing, round 3 AM native time, the South Korean National Fire Agency revealed that there have been 120 confirmed deaths and 100 injured. Choi Sung Bum, the top firefighter of the Yongsan Fire Station additionally commented that “the number of casualties will rise, as some of the rescued individuals who have been hospitalized are in critical condition.”

45 out of the 120 deceased victims had been despatched to the Wonhyo Multipurpose Gym—mentioned to be due to the dearth of beds within the dozens of ERs within the medical facilities round Seoul that took within the victims from this tragedy. KCSI on the scene have been mentioned to be engaged on figuring out the victims.

At this level, the Yongsan Fire Station shot down the groundless on-line speculations that there was a fuel leak inflicting the mass casualty.

Crowds transfer out as emergency employees start to clear the scene.

| Ron Kim/Koreaboo

As emergency companies cleared out the scene of the incident, simply east of the Itaewon station, the streets turned blocked off solely. Some media retailers, together with MBC, reported that web and cellphone companies within the space had been interrupted, because of the chaos that ensued.

| Ron Kim/Koreaboo

Itaewon’s subway station handled excessive congestion as everybody was urged to go away the scene.

Third briefing reveals a rise within the variety of confirmed deaths.

At 4 AM, the numbers modified: The third briefing on the scene of the incident revealed 146 confirmed deaths. The Yongsan Fire Station reported that “the number [of deaths] have increased because the rescues have been hospitalized, and we have received updates on their statuses from the hospitals.”

| Ron Kim/Koreaboo

The personnel dispatched to the scene have accomplished three rounds of searches round Itaewon. The Yongsan Fire Station confirmed there haven’t been different rescues within the extra search rounds.

Additionally, MBC reported that—primarily based on the claims made by witnesses within the space—that the gang started to kind when “a celebrity” appeared in one of many institutions across the alleyway. The Yongsan Fire Station, nevertheless, claimed that the investigation is ongoing and no particular “cause” to the gang surge might be verified as of now.

Yongsan Police Station Head Detective Choi Eul Chun | MBC

During this third briefing, the Yongsan Police Station denied all on-line speculations concerning the incident doubtlessly being drug associated, as of now.

A closing briefing confirms 149 deaths complete, with 76 hospitalized.

During the 6 AM “final” briefing to the Korean press, the Yongsan Fire Station reported that out of the 76 injured, 19 are in vital situation. Also, out of the 149 confirmed useless, two are “foreigners.” 15 out of the 76 injured are confirmed to be non-Koreans.

Additionally, it has been confirmed that the our bodies on the Wonhyo Multipurpose Gym are presently being recognized and, as soon as related with the households, are being transferred to the totally different mortuaries within the medical facilities round Seoul.

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