World leaders have offered condolences for the scores of victims after a stampede at a Halloween party in South Korea’s capital. At least 151 people died, the world agencies reported.
#BREAKING: #SouthKorea‘s fire department said 81 people have breathing problems after the #stampede at Itaewon in #SeoulSouth Korea Saturday night when over 100 thousand revellers crammed into the place for #Halloween celebrations.#SeoulStampede pic.twitter.com/QwyWcYTj43
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South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol declared national mourning and said it was a real misfortune that such a disaster happened in the heart of Seoul, Yonhap news agency reported.
US President Joe Biden expressed his deepest condolences and said he and his wife mourn with the Korean people.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also offered his condolences.”
It’s a sad day for South Korea,” he tweeted.
European Council President Charles Michel said he was shocked by the number of victims and expressed his deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims. European Parliament President Roberta Mezzola said the families and friends of the victims, as well as those injured, would be in her thoughts.
The EU’s foreign policy and security chief, Josep Borrell, said he was “deeply saddened” by the tragedy in Seoul.
“On behalf of all Canadians, I send our deepest condolences to the people of South Korea following the deadly stampede in Seoul,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted.
“Our thoughts are with the emergency services and all South Koreans at this very difficult time,” British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said.