At least 146 people were reported to have been killed and some 150 were injured during a presumed stampede amid Halloween festivities in Seoul on Saturday night.
Over 1,500 of police and other emergency forces were deployed in Seoul’s Itaewon district amid reports claiming as many as 100,000 had earlier throned the popular nightlife district of the capital.
According to a fire department spokesperson, many people fell and were crushed in the crowd. Dozens reportedly suffered cardiac arrests during the event and were rushed into nearby hospitals.
Authorities were investigating the cause of the disaster and the exact number of casualties was yet to be determined at the time of writing.