festivities in Seoul’s Itaewon neighborhood Saturday night, according to Choi Seong-bum, chief of the Yongsan-gu Fire Department.
At least 150 others were also reported injured, the stampede.
The cause of the deaths has not been confirmed, but the fire chief said many people fell during the Halloween festivities, resulting in casualties.
Rescue teams work at the scene where dozens of people were injured during a Halloween festival in Seoul, South Korea, October 29, 2022.
Earlier, the Yonhap News Agency reported that some people had suffered from “cardiac arrest,” attributing the statement to fire authorities.
Emergency officials assisted at least 81 people in Seoul’s Itaewon neighborhood reporting “difficulty breathing.”
Dozens of the injured were transferred to nearby hospitals, said Choi Jae-won, the head of Yongsan Health Center, adding that the death toll would likely increase.
Authorities are still investigating what caused the incident; there was no gas leak nor fire on site, according to the fire chief.