South Korea’s president yesterday visited the site of the Halloween disaster that left dozens of revelers crushed to death.
Yoon Seok Yeol joined thousands of people who paid their respects at the memorial sites in Seoul’s Ithaewon district.
The number of dead has risen to 154, 33 victims remain in hospital in a serious condition.
Investigators are analyzing social media clips and footage from 50 CCTV cameras to find out what prompted the party crowd to rush down the narrow alleyway with tragic results. Officers interviewed 40 survivors who spoke of the “hell-like” chaos as people fell on top of each other like dominoes.
Itaewon is famous for its Halloween parties, and around 100,000 people were in the area at the time of the tragedy.
Prime Minister Han Dak-soo has vowed that authorities will learn from the disaster and make improvements to ensure the tragedy does not happen again.
Meanwhile, King Charles and the Queen Consort joined the Prince and Princess of Wales in helping the families of the victims. Charles said: “I wanted you to know how shocked and saddened my wife and I are to hear about the many people who have lost loved ones. As inappropriate as this may be in the circumstances, we offer our deepest condolences.”
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Korean president visits Halloween crush scene as King Charles offers sympathy