Halloween stampede: 22 international deaths, events cancelled

In the wake of the harrowing Halloween stampede in Korea’s capital metropolis of Seoul, the death toll has risen with some sources claiming 153 fatalities. Officials in Korea and abroad are deciding whether or not to pull the plug on Halloween events tonight. Global leaders are offering condolences as international citizens’ deaths are confirmed, including that of a Thai scholar.
The president of the Khao San Road Business Association stated that the Halloween Festival deliberate for tonight would go forward as deliberate. But precautions are being stepped up, along with stricter crowd control measures. The affiliation will meet with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to set protected most attendance levels.
Checkpoints will cap every finish of the road, staffed by police and medical personnel. Police presence throughout might be elevated, venues shall be inspected, and fireplace exits might be ensured to be unlocked and clear for emergencies.
While Khao San is similar to Itaekon the place the Seoul stampede happened in that they are each well-liked vacationer and get together areas which were kneecapped by Covid for the last 2 Halloweens, Khao San has some key differences. The street is 50% wider than the 8-metre alleyways the place the crush occurred. And whereas they anticipate an enormous crowd, it is unlikely to be busier than peak Songkran occasions prior to now which have hosted over one hundred,000 folks.
Meanwhile, in Korea, major occasions have been cancelled for fear of one other devastating stampede. A 40,000-person K-Pop concert in Busan was axed, in addition to the opening ceremony of one of the largest sales festivals. Government conferences have been known as off too. And many main corporations have cancelled Halloween events, parades, and even gross sales promotions. SM Entertainment, Samsung and Hotel Lotte all cancelled occasions, with Starbucks chopping Halloween promotions.
PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his condolences after the tragic Halloween stampede in Seoul. President Yoon Suk-yeol of Korea has called for a interval of national mourning and leaders from all over the world have joined Prayut in sending ideas and prayers.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has also sent a letter offering condolences to the families who lost family members as nicely as those injured. At least four Chinese nationals had been killed within the crush, with many others injured. US President Joe Biden and his spouse Dr Jill Biden stated they grieve with the folks of Korea.
New British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak despatched thoughts from the UK via Twitter. Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, additionally tweeted wishing a full recovery to all these injured. And Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt released a press release expressing devastation over the Halloween stampede.
One Norwegian citizen was confirmed killed, along with the 4 Chinese people, amid a total of twenty-two international nationals representing 13 nations who lost their lives in the crush. Besides Korea, citizens from Australia, Austria, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Norway, Russia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United States, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam had been killed.
Among the victims, new details have emerged of the Thai national killed within the Halloween stampede. The sufferer has now been recognized as a 27 year old lady who was learning in Korea, taking language courses. Bangkok Post stories that the Royal Thai Embassy in Seoul has already been in touch with the woman’s household. Priceless will help make arrangements to move her physique again to Thailand..

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