Oct. 31 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The president of South Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol, visited this Monday, together with the first lady, Kim Keon Hee, the altar in tribute to the victims of the Halloween party in Seoul, which left 154 fatalities as a result of a stampede developed in a narrow sloping alley on a Saturday night.
The altar has been raised in front of the Town Hall, where the authorities have placed flowers and bowed before leaving the place.
The Central Headquarters for Disaster and Security Countermeasures has confirmed that the death toll could increase as 33 injured are in serious condition. In addition, another 116 people suffered brief injuries.
The South Korean government has declared official mourning until next Saturday, for an event that has shocked the country. It’s horrible, this tragedy should never have happened. (…) As president, my responsibility is the safety of citizens’ lives, so my heart is heavy and I struggle to face this duel,” Suk Yeol said upon hearing the news.
The country has received condolences from the international community, which has conveyed its sorrow over the event that has left more than a hundred dead and many injured.
In addition, there are 26 foreigners among the victims: five Iranians, four Chinese and four Russians, two Americans, two Japanese and the rest from France, Australia, Norway, Austria, Vietnam, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka, as indicated. the authorities, according to the Yonhap agency.
The stampede marks the worst tragedy in South Korea since the sinking of the Sewol ferry off the country’s southern coast in 2014, killing 304 people, most of whom were high school students.