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Dozens of corpses lying in the street: the shocking images of the stampede that left 154 dead in Seoul

153 people were killed and 100 others injured when they were crushed by a large crowd moving down a narrow street during the Halloween festivities in the capital Seoul, South Korean authorities said.
153 people were killed and 100 others injured when they were crushed by a large crowd moving down a narrow street during the Halloween festivities in the capital Seoul, South Korean authorities said.
Rescuers and civilians had to carry out resuscitation maneuvers on dozens of people
Rescuers and civilians had to carry out resuscitation maneuvers on dozens of people
Choi Seong-beom, chief of the Yongsan fire department in Seoul, said the death toll could rise and an unspecified number of those injured were in critical condition.
Choi Seong-beom, chief of the Yongsan fire department in Seoul, said the death toll could rise and an unspecified number of those injured were in critical condition.
He said 74 of the dead have been sent to hospitals, while the bodies of the remaining 46 left on the street were being transported to a nearby gym so workers could identify them.
He said 74 of the dead have been sent to hospitals, while the bodies of the remaining 46 left on the street were being transported to a nearby gym so workers could identify them.
Authorities say people are believed to have been crushed to death after a large crowd began pushing in a narrow alley near the Hamilton Hotel, a major party venue in Seoul.
Authorities say people are believed to have been crushed to death after a large crowd began pushing in a narrow alley near the Hamilton Hotel, a major party venue in Seoul.
More than 400 emergency workers and 140 vehicles from across the country, including all available personnel in Seoul, fanned out on the streets to treat the injured.
More than 400 emergency workers and 140 vehicles from across the country, including all available personnel in Seoul, fanned out on the streets to treat the injured.
The National Fire Agency said separately in a statement that officials were still trying to determine the exact number of emergency patients.
The National Fire Agency said separately in a statement that officials were still trying to determine the exact number of emergency patients.
Television footage and photos from the scene showed ambulance vehicles lining the streets amid a heavy police presence and emergency workers carrying the injured on stretchers.
Television footage and photos from the scene showed ambulance vehicles lining the streets amid a heavy police presence and emergency workers carrying the injured on stretchers.
  Emergency workers and pedestrians were also seen performing CPR on people lying in the streets.
Emergency workers and pedestrians were also seen performing CPR on people lying in the streets.
Police, who were restricting traffic in nearby areas to speed up the transport of the injured to city hospitals, also confirmed that dozens of people were undergoing CPR on the streets of Itaewon.
Police, who were restricting traffic in nearby areas to speed up the transport of the injured to city hospitals, also confirmed that dozens of people were undergoing CPR on the streets of Itaewon.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government issued emergency text messages urging people in the area to quickly return home.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government issued emergency text messages urging people in the area to quickly return home.
Some local media reported earlier that the stampede came after a large number of people rushed to an Itaewon bar after hearing that an unidentified celebrity was visiting.
Some local media reported earlier that the stampede came after a large number of people rushed to an Itaewon bar after hearing that an unidentified celebrity was visiting.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol issued a statement calling on authorities to ensure prompt treatment of the injured and review the safety of venues.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol issued a statement calling on authorities to ensure prompt treatment of the injured and review the safety of venues.
He also instructed the Ministry of Health to rapidly deploy disaster medical assistance teams and secure beds in nearby hospitals to treat the injured.
He also instructed the Ministry of Health to rapidly deploy disaster medical assistance teams and secure beds in nearby hospitals to treat the injured.
Local media said some 100,000 people flocked to the streets of Itaewon for the Halloween festivities, which were the largest since the start of the pandemic following the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in recent months.
Local media said some 100,000 people flocked to the streets of Itaewon for the Halloween festivities, which were the largest since the start of the pandemic following the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in recent months.
Rescue workers carry injured people at the street near the scene in Seoul, South Korea, early Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. South Korean officials said around 50 people were in cardiac arrest and a number feared dead after being crushed by a large crowd pushing forward on a narrow street during Halloween festivities in the capital Seoul.  (AP Photo/Lee ​​Jin-man)
Rescue workers carry injured people at the street near the scene in Seoul, South Korea, early Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. South Korean officials said around 50 people were in cardiac arrest and a number feared dead after being crushed by a large crowd pushing forward on a narrow street during Halloween festivities in the capital Seoul. (AP Photo/Lee ​​Jin-man)
In one section, paramedics were seen checking the condition of a dozen or more people lying motionless under blue blankets.
In one section, paramedics were seen checking the condition of a dozen or more people lying motionless under blue blankets.
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