South Korea Stampede: Death Toll Rises To 150, President Yoon Declares National Mourning

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Seoul: South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on Sunday announced a period of national mourning and ordered the lowering of flags over the stampede caused by a huge crowd flocked into the central district of Seoul to celebrate Halloween,

The stampede led to the killing of at least 151 people and almost 100 injured.

The report further added that fire authorities present at the site were administering CPR to several people in the Itaewon district as of 11:30 pm (1430 GMT).

The local news agency further added that President Yoon Suk-yeol held an emergency meeting in connection with the incident, he also ordered the dispatch of the emergency medical team to the area. 

President Yoon on Sunday announced a period of national mourning and ordered the lowering of flags over a deadly Seoul stampede.

The day after the stampede, Yoon in a live address to the nation from the presidential office, said, “It’s truly horrific.” He said that this tragedy should never have happened.

“As president, who is responsible for the people’s lives and safety, my heart is heavy and I struggle to cope with my grief,” he said adding, “the government will designate the period from today until the accident is brought under control as a period of national mourning and will place top priority in administrative affairs in recovery and follow-up measures,” reported South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

Speaking further, he said that the government is committed to fully mobilized emergency medical services to treat patients, including by assigning public servants individually to those requiring assistance.

Various social media posts showed rescue operations being carried out as people being assisted by officials and private citizens.

(With Agency Inputs) 

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