Choi Seong-beom, chief of the Yongsan fire department in Seoul, stated that the death toll could rise as emergency workers continued to transport the injured to hospitals across the city following the Saturday night stampede in the Itaewon entertainment district.
Officials believe that people were crushed to death when a large crowd began pushing forward in a narrow alley near Hamilton Hotel, a major party venue in Seoul after a large crowd began pushing forward.
More than 400 emergency personnel and 140 vehicles were deployed to the streets to treat the injured, including all available personnel in Seoul.
Separately, the National Fire Agency stated that officials were still attempting to determine the exact number of emergency patients.
TV footage and photographs from the scene depicted ambulances lined up in the streets alongside a large police presence and emergency personnel transporting injured victims on stretchers.
Onlookers and emergency personnel were also observed administering CPR to stricken individuals on the streets.
Dozens of people are receiving CPR on the streets of Itaewon, according to the police, who are restricting traffic in nearby areas to expedite the transportation of the injured to hospitals throughout the city.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government issued urgent text messages urging residents to return home immediately.
A local police officer stated that he was also informed that a stampede occurred on the streets of Itaewon during Halloween celebrations. The officer requested anonymity, citing an ongoing investigation into the incident's specifics.
Earlier local media reports stated that the crash occurred because many people rushed to a bar in Itaewon after hearing that an unidentified celebrity had visited.
President Yoon Suk Yeol of South Korea issued a statement urging officials to ensure prompt medical care for the injured and review the safety of the celebration sites.
In addition, he ordered the Health Ministry to rapidly deploy disaster medical assistance teams and secure hospital beds for treating the injured.
Local media reported that approximately 100,000 people flocked to the streets of Itaewon for the Halloween celebrations, which were the largest since the start of the pandemic due to the recent easing of Covid-19 restrictions.