Islamabad, 31 October 2022 (TDI): The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, and Foreign Minister Bilawal Zardari condole the tragic death of more than 150 people in the Itaewon crowd crush in Seoul, South Korea.

The Prime Minister tweeted, on October 30, 2022, “I am saddened at the tragic death of 146 people in a stampede in Seoul. Our thoughts & prayers are with the government & people of South Korea.”

The Foreign Minister tweeted, on October 30, 2022, “The news of the tragedy in Seoul is deeply distressing. We are with our Korean friends at this difficult hour. Our profound condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.”

Halloween disaster in Seoul

In South Korea, a Halloween mass suffocation resulted in at least 153 lives, following a large mob thronging a narrow Lane during Halloween festivities.

In the crowd crush that occurred in Itaewon, 133 additional people were harmed, 37 of whom required medical attention.

On Saturday, emergency crews are at the location of the stampede. Seoul
On Saturday, emergency crews are at the location of the stampede.

According to witnesses, the event took place at around 10 p.m. Saturday, October 29, 2022. Near a narrow lane of the Hamilton Hotel large crowds of people swarmed to celebrate Halloween, where this tragic incident took place.

According to officials, women and young people in their 20s made up the majority of those killed in Itaewon, South Korea. Among the killed, there were 19 foreigners, who belonged to China, Iran, Uzbekistan, and Norway.

According to an analysis, in tragic incidents happen in crowded areas, people with more strength survives. As men are more physically strong, therefore ration of women and young people’s death was more than men.

Mourns in South Korea

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, proclaimed a day of national mourning in response to the tragedy, his office  is close to Itaewon district.

In order to prevent similar tragedies in the future, the President stated it is important to identify the stampede’s source.

There are numerous nightclubs and pubs in the Itaewon neighbourhood of central Seoul that are place of attraction for the foreigners and locals.

Annually, Itaewon attracts big crowds for celebration. Similarly, this year the neighbourhood was crowded with people celebrating Halloween.

This year’s crowds were particularly huge because it was the first Halloween since COVID-19 social distancing regulations were made public.

According to the local media, there were roughly 100,000 individuals present. Online videos showed people crammed into narrow lane and hundreds got stuck which eventually resulted into death and injuries.