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dozens in cardiac arrest at Halloween celebrations in Seoul

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Dozens of people suffered cardiac arrest in the early hours of Sunday during a stampede in Seoul during Halloween celebrations, South Korean authorities report. The death toll could rise as relief operations continue.

Dozens of people were treated in cardiac arrest in Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday (October 29) during Halloween celebrations, South Korean firefighters said.

A fire department spokesman confirmed the incident, saying 140 ambulances had been dispatched to the scene to attend to the victims. About 50 people suffered a cardiac arrest in the Itaewon district, where thousands of people were celebrating Halloween, according to the Yonhap agency.

Crowd movement

The victims seem to have been caught in crowd movements in this district where Halloween celebrations bring together a large number of people in the South Korean capital.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has called for hospitals to be prepared to receive the injured, the presidency said.

Photographs released by Yonhap showed more than a dozen people lying in a street, rescuers assisting them as police cordoned off the crowds.

With AFP

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