This year, nightclubs thronged with celebrity performances and enticing offers of cheap food and drinks on Halloween turned deadly for the youth. Despite the large gathering from above, not making adequate administrative arrangements also proved fatal. The death toll in Saturday's stampede has risen to 153. These include 56 men and 97 women. President Eun Suk Yeol has declared seven days of national mourning.
President Yoon also visited the scene. Expressing grief over the incident, the President said, it is the most horrific incident in many decades. The head of the Yongsang Fire Station, Choi Sung Byom, said 82 people were injured in the accident, of whom 19 are in critical condition. He said that 22 citizens of 13 countries were among the dead.
The Home Ministry said that 90 percent of the dead have been identified as of Sunday afternoon, although some foreign nationals and teenagers are yet to be identified. According to officials, the nightclubs had given celebrity performances and lucrative offers, attracting youth in large numbers.
India with South Korea in the hour of sorrow
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar expressed condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the Seoul accident. He said India stands in solidarity with South Korea during this difficult time. It was a deep shock to see the loss of so many youths due to the stampede.