Death toll in last night’s stampede in South Korean capital Seoul rises to 149

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The death toll in last night’s stampede in the South Korean capital Seoul has reached 149. At least 150 others have been injured in the incident as huge crowds gathered in a popular nightlife area to celebrate Halloween in Seoul’s Itaewon district.

The death toll is likely to rise as emergency workers continue to transport the injured to hospitals across Seoul following the stampede. Many of the injured are in serious condition and receiving emergency treatment. Officials said people were crushed to death after a large crowd began pushing forward in a narrow alley near Hamilton Hotel, a major party spot in Seoul. However, authorities are yet to provide exact details on the cause of the incident.

Local media estimated that one lakh people were in the streets of Itaewon last night for Halloween parties.

External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar has expressed deep shock at the loss of so many young lives due to the stampede in Seoul, South Korea. In a tweet, Dr. Jaishankar paid condolences to the families of those who lost their dear ones in this tragic incident. He said India stands in solidarity with the Republic of Korea during this difficult time.

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