December 2, 2022

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South Korea vows probe into deadly Halloween crush By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE Picture: A guy pays tribute around the scene of the stampede during Halloween festivities, in Seoul, South Korea, October 30, 2022. REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji

SEOUL (Reuters) -South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo on Monday promised a extensive investigation into the Halloween crush in excess of the weekend that killed more than 150 people today in the funds and plunged the region into a 7 days of mourning.

Officials stated the death toll had risen overnight to 154 with 149 injured, 33 of them in really serious situation. Citizens from at the very least two dozen nations around the world were amid the lifeless.

Tens of thousands of get together-goers had crowded into narrow streets and alleyways of Seoul’s well known Itaewon district on Saturday for the first just about unrestricted Halloween festivities in a few years. Numerous of the revelers ended up in their teenagers or twenties and dressed in costume.

But chaos erupted when individuals poured into one particular particularly narrow and sloping alley, even soon after it was currently packed, witnesses mentioned.

On Monday early morning, men and women laid white chrysanthemums, beverages and candles at a small makeshift altar off an exit of the Itaewon subway station, a handful of actions away from the web site of the crush.

“It isn’t going to make any difference how they died, or why they died. These weak individuals, all at equivalent ages to my grandchildren, they died anyway,” said Jung Si-hoon, a retiree and a church elder, who placed an previous wood cross at the altar. “What a lot more need to we say? We should really pray for them and would like they rest in peace.”

Stores and cafes close by have been closed and police cordoned off the site of the incident, which was strewn with trash.

Educational institutions, kindergartens and organizations close to the region scrapped prepared Halloween functions. K-pop concerts and federal government briefings had been also cancelled.

“The federal government will undertake a extensive investigation into what triggered this incident and do its ideal to make required institutional variations so that these kinds of an accident is not repeated,” Han mentioned as authorities officers achieved to focus on the disaster.

“Identification has been done for all of the 154 deceased besides one particular, and I imagine it is time for comply with-up actions this sort of as funeral processes to be carried out in earnest,” Han explained. “We will do our most effective to supply essential support by reflecting the views of the bereaved family members as substantially as probable.”

Han claimed there had been incidents of individuals propagating loathe speech by blaming victims, as nicely as spreading phony facts and putting up disturbing scenes of the incident on the net. A National Police Company official stated they had been investigating six related instances.

President Yoon Suk-yeol, who has declared a time period of countrywide mourning and designated Itaewon a disaster zone, frequented a memorial altar around the Seoul metropolis hall and paid out his respects to victims on Monday, his business office said.

The crush arrived as Itaewon, a image of freewheeling nightlife in the South Korean money for a long time, was commencing to prosper right after a lot more than two several years of COVID-19 limits, with stylish places to eat and retailers changing seedy institutions.

The disaster is the country’s deadliest considering the fact that a 2014 ferry sinking that killed 304 individuals, primarily higher university learners.

The sinking of the Sewol, and criticism of the official response, despatched shockwaves throughout South Korea, prompting common soul-hunting in excess of security steps in the region that are possible to be renewed in the wake of Saturday’s crush.