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VIDEOEmptied streets after tragic Halloween night in Itaewon

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By Lee Min-young, Kim Kang-min


A day after the deadly accident in Itaewon, the area has been cordoned off by police tape, and personal belongings of victims were scattered along the edges of an alley in Seoul's Itaewon on Sunday afternoon, where hundreds of people celebrating Halloween were crushed together the night before.

This 4-meter wide alley was packed with thousands of people who came to celebrate Halloween last night, leaving at least 153 people dead and 133 injured, as of 6 p.m. Sunday.

The death toll could rise further, as 37 people sustained serious injuries, officials said.

An estimated 100,000 gathered in the area for the first Halloween since the lifting of remaining COVID-19 restrictions.

The government has declared the district of Yongsan-gu, where Itaewon is located, a special disaster area.

Joint memorial altars will be set up at Seoul Plaza and Itaewon Monday morning.

Lee Min-young minlee@koreatimes.co.kr


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