South Korea starts looking into the fatal Halloween crush

SEOUL: On Monday, South Korean police examined video from more than 50 public and private closed-circuit TV cameras as well as from social media in an effort to determine why so many Halloween partygoers were killed when they became stuck in small alleys.
The dead toll increased to 154 as the nation began a week of mourning. 33 of the 149 additional injured patients are in critical condition.

Police chief investigator Nam Gu-jun told reporters, “We are analysing CCTVs to determine the precise reason of the collision.
he said, “We will continue questioning more witnesses, including nearby shop employees”.

On Saturday, tens of thousands of revellers, many of them in their teens and twenties and dressed in costumes, crammed into the famed Itaewon district for the first essentially unrestrained Halloween celebrations in three years.
However, commotion erupted when, even after it was already crowded, people continued to flood into one especially small and sloped lane, according to witnesses.

On Monday, President Yoon Suk-yeol paid his tribute to the victims at a memorial shrine close to Seoul city hall after designating Itaewon as a disaster zone.
Halloween celebrations that were scheduled around the nation at schools, kindergartens, and businesses were cancelled. Government briefings and K-pop concerts were also postponed.

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